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Cumil the Sewer Worker
Bratislava, Slovakia

Cumil the Sewer Worker

This Slovakian statue of an emerging sewer worker might just be a bronze peeping tom.
48.1429, 17.1089
Most SNP
Bratislava, Slovakia

Most SNP

This Slovak bridge is known both for its connection to a national uprising and its UFO-shaped eatery.
48.1384, 17.1046
Camp 2
Oswiecim, Poland

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

The former Nazi concentration camp stands as a museum to remember this dark chapter in Germany's history.
50.0276, 19.2021
Underground Cathedral (Flickr/magro kr)
Wieliczka, Poland

Wieliczka Salt Mine

An underground city of salt.
49.9830, 20.0557
Kaali, Estonia

Kaali Meteorite Crater Field

Mysterious craters may have been home to an ancient cult.
58.3728, 22.6694
Riga, Latvia

Riga Central Market

3,000 market stands in five former Zeppelin hangars.
56.9462, 24.1043
Riga, Latvia

Black Cat of Riga

A black cat protests the City Guild in Riga's Old Town.
56.9501, 24.1084
The outside walking area for detainees in the yard.
Riga, Latvia

The Corner House

A former Latvian headquarters of the brutal KGB secret police is now open as a grim reminder of their atrocities.
56.9581, 24.1240
Helsinki, Finland

Temppeliaukio Church

A subterranean house of worship carved right out of the bedrock.
60.1730, 24.9250
Tallinn, Estonia

Old Thomas

The Guardian of Tallinn.
59.4371, 24.7455
The view from the KGB Museum
Tallinn, Estonia

KGB Museum

"There's nothing there," and other lies the KGB told us.
59.4365, 24.7549
Old air purification system.
Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn Kiek in de Kök

This medieval Estonian tower provides access to a series of tunnels that have been home to soldiers, punks, and fine art.
59.4347, 24.7413
Scotty's Castle at Sunset
Inyo, California

Scotty's Castle

Abandoned Jazz Age Dream Home and Con Man's Hide-Out in Death Valley Desert.
37.0323, -117.3410
Inyo, California

Devils Golf Course Landscape

"Only the devil could play golf here."
36.2201, -116.8817
Artist's Drive
Inyo County, California

Artist's Drive

Millions of years of oxidation make a drive down this winding Death Valley road surprisingly colorful.
36.3299, -116.8300
Badwater Basin
Inyo County, California

Badwater Basin

The lowest point in North America is home to an undrinkable pool surrounded by fields of geometric salt flats.
36.2503, -116.8258
Detail of the exterior hand-carved art. (via City Profile)
Providence, Rhode Island

Fleur-De-Lys Studio

An architectural statement of artistic intent smack in the middle of Providence, Rhode Island's Colonial uniformity.
41.8277, -71.4086
Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm Metro Art Gallery

Stockholm's decidedly unique public transit system has doubled as the world's longest art gallery for decades.
59.3289, 18.0649
San Francisco, California

Musée Mécanique

A collection of 20th-century automata, penny arcade games, and musical contraptions.
37.8093, -122.4159
Alcatraz from the Bay 2012
San Francisco, California

Alcatraz Island

In all of the 29 years it was in operation, no prisoners ever escaped successfully... or so they claim.
37.8267, -122.4230
The Prague Metronome slicing through summer skies. (Macskafaraok/Flickr)
Prague, Czechia

Prague Metronome

Steadily reminding Czechia of its past.
50.0947, 14.4160
Prague, Czechia

Prague Astronomical Clock

Macabre astrological automaton clock dating to the late 1400s.
50.0870, 14.4208
Crown Fountain
Chicago, Illinois

Crown Fountain

The twin towers in this Chicago fountain use 50 foot tall video screens to spit on people.
41.8816, -87.6242
Boston, Massachusetts

Faneuil Hall

A former waterfront market is now in the center of town due to some interesting Boston engineering.
42.3600, -71.0562