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Huelgoat, France

Trembling Rock

If they push on just the right spot, even the weakest person can move this titanic boulder.
Lefkoşa, Cyprus

Büyük Han

The largest caravanserai in Cyprus also includes amazing examples of Ottoman architecture.
Isthmia, Greece

Isthmia Prime Hotel

A closer look at this somewhat faded hotel by the Corinth Canal reveals the architectural undertones of a genius.
Min Kun, Myanmar (Burma)

Mya Thein Tan Pagoda

This magnificent white pagoda was constructed to resemble a sacred Buddhist mountain.
Tende, France

Valley of Wonders

Tens of thousands of ancient rock carvings hidden in the heart of a French national park.
Meknes, Morocco

Royal Stables of Meknes

The ruins of an early-18th-century complex that could once house up to 12,000 horses.
Riga, Latvia

Freedom Monument

This celebration of Latvia’s freedom and independence avoided demolition over half a century of Soviet occupation.
Odesa, Ukraine

Potemkin Stairs

Featured in one of the most iconic scenes in cinema history.
Iceland

Námafjall

In Northeastern Iceland lies something of an oxymoron: a steaming desert.
Jääkäri, Finland

Astuvansalmi Rock Paintings

These 5,000-year-old cave paintings provide a glimpse into prehistoric Finnish life.
Paris, France

The Bouquinistes of Paris

The tradition of open-air secondhand and antiquarian bookselling in Paris dates back to the Renaissance.
San Francisco, California

Treasure Island

A man-made island in scenic San Francisco Bay.
Glendale, California

Forest Lawn Cemetery

An extraordinary final resting place full of oversized art, amazing statues, and dead celebrities.
Los Angeles, California

Hollywood Sign

Hollywood's most famous landmark, the "temporary" sign that has stood for decades longer than intended.
Varanasi, India

Ratneshwar Mahadev Temple

Known as the leaning temple, the sacred structure has somehow developed a severe nine-degree slant.
Tournai, Belgium

Belfry of Tournai

After the construction of a nearby cathedral obstructed the view, the oldest belfry in Belgium was more than doubled in height.
Quispicanchi, Peru

Rumicolca

The Incas turned this ancient Wari aqueduct into an imposing defensive gate.
Shanghai, China

Shanghai French Concession

An out-of-place slice of France, smack in the middle of Shanghai.
Ix-Xagħra, Malta

Ġgantija Temples

These temples are among the oldest free-standing stone buildings in the world.
Charleroi, Belgium

Bois du Cazier

This former coal mine, now a fascinating museum, was the site of Belgium's worst mining disaster.
Riga, Latvia

House of the Blackheads

The reconstruction of this prominent building fulfilled a long-written command.
Pidhirtsi, Ukraine

Pidhirtsi Castle

One of the most valuable palace-garden complexes in the eastern borderlands—and one of the most haunted.
Minsk, Belarus

Minsk KFC

Remnants of the city's Soviet history hover over this modern fast-food outlet.
Newberry Springs, California

Bagdad Cafe

The set location for a 1987 cult classic draws international film buffs to the middle of the Mojave Desert.