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Pyramiden
Pyramiden, Norway

Pyramiden

Abandoned Russian mining village predicted to resist decay for longer than any other modern human settlement.
78.6561, 16.3440
Prospect Park with a view of the tower
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Prospect Park Water Tower

This iconic water tower and failed bandstand is open for panoramic views once a year.
44.9689, -93.2125
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Our Lady of Lourdes Church

The oldest continually used church in Minneapolis also sells great meat pies.
44.9872, -93.2586
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mill City Museum and site of "The Great Mill Disaster"

When flour explodes, it's not a pretty sight.
44.9787, -93.2570
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Stone Arch Bridge

The Oldest Bridge in Minneapolis.
44.9845, -93.2555
City Methodist Church
Gary, Indiana

City Methodist Church

This stunning gothic ruin was a casualty of the Indiana steel industry crash.
41.6005, -87.3384
Site of Pruitt-Igoe today
St. Louis, Missouri

Pruitt-Igoe's Remains

An urban forest overtakes what was the greatest failure of utopic urban housing.
38.6434, -90.2095
St. Louis, Missouri

City Museum

Less a museum than a bizarre fantasy world created by artists and engineers.
38.6330, -90.2001
The geyser was added in place of Eero Saarinen's original plan for a twin arch on the east side of the river
East St. Louis, Illinois

Gateway Geyser

Man-made geyser that rises to the exact height of the Gateway Arch across the river.
38.6229, -90.1706
Inside the plant.
East St. Louis, Illinois

Armour Meatpacking Plant

An abandoned meat mecca now serves as an excellent locale for urban exploration.
38.6391, -90.1462
Isola San Michele Funeral gates
Murano, Italy

Isola di San Michele

Venice's island of the dead.
45.4470, 12.3466
Joseph Heintz, "Competition on the Ponte dei Pugni in Venice" (1673)
Venice, Italy

Ponte dei Pugni (Bridge of Fists)

100 year tradition of fist fights, marked by marble footsteps.
45.4331, 12.3244
View from across Piazza San Marco.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower - Torre dell'Orologio

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
45.4347, 12.3389
The Poveglia hospital.
Venice, Italy

Poveglia Plague Island

A small island less than half a mile from Venice is a forbidden island with a dark and twisted past.
45.3817, 12.3315
A view of the tower from below. (Photo:
Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque Shot Tower

This long unused shot tower on the Mississippi remains a point of pride for a small town in Iowa.
42.5025, -90.6577
One of the darkened tunnels.
Breezewood, Pennsylvania

Abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike

An abandoned stretch of highway, deteriorating next to the operational one.
40.0000, -78.2280
Catacombes de Paris.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them.
48.8343, 2.3322
Part of abandoned historic downtown Cairo, Illinois.
Cairo, Illinois

Abandoned Town of Cairo, Illinois

A once-booming Mississippi River port town has transformed into an eerie, mostly abandoned ghost town.
37.0053, -89.1765