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The Fireproof Building
Charleston, South Carolina

Fireproof Building and South Carolina Historical Society

Once the most flame resistant building in the country, the South Carolina Historical Society building was almost burnt down in a fire.
32.7773, -79.9309
The Folly Boat
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Folly Boat

Twenty-eight years after this local landmark was washed ashore by hurricane Hugo, it was washed away by hurricane Irma.
32.6554, -79.9500
Overgrown headstones at the Unitarian Cemetery.
Charleston, South Carolina

Unitarian Church Cemetery

Paths are maintained, but trees have taken over plots.
32.7786, -79.9344
Charleston, South Carolina

Drayton Hall

Oldest unrestored plantation house in America that is open to the public.
32.8682, -80.0821
The Old Slave Mart Museum
Charleston, South Carolina

Old Slave Mart

South Carolina's last remaining slavery auction house is now a museum devoted to its own tragic history.
32.7778, -79.9284
Mural, depicting a raw man-slaughtering Nazi on a demon horse (Flickr / Nathan Hamm)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

National Museum of Kyrgyzstan

Time capsule of a museum, in which the Soviet Union remains alive and kicking.
42.8778, 74.6039
Ulugnor District, Uzbekistan

Fergana Valley

One of the most ethnically diverse spots on the planet.
40.7667, 71.5000
Marble Palace
Kolkata, India

Marble Palace

This lavish estate recalls the opulent history of Calcutta.
22.5828, 88.3604
Chand Baori
Jaipur, India

Chand Baori

Thousands of exquisitely carved stone water storage wells, hundreds of stone steps fill this exquisite medieval stepwell.
27.0073, 76.6065
Palace of the Winds.
Jaipur, India

Palace of Winds

The 953 windows undoubtedly make this the world's most beautiful screened porch.
26.9124, 75.7873
A gang of monkeys relax near the temple. (robertbrauneis/Flickr)
Jaipur, India

Hanuman’s Temple

Sacred Indian temple that’s all monkey business.
26.9168, 75.8589
Jaipur, India

Jantar Mantar

The world's largest sundial, made entirely out of stone.
26.9246, 75.8242
Illuminated Lotus petals at night (Flickr/blond avenger)
New Delhi, India

Bahá'í Lotus Temple

A blooming house of worship for the masses.
28.5533, 77.2586
New Delhi, India

Iron Pillar of Delhi

An ancient iron pillar in Delhi that seems to be rustproof.
28.5248, 77.1850
New Delhi, India

Sulabh Museum of Toilets

Made by a man on a worldwide sanitation crusade.
28.5980, 77.0814
Hardo Rattan, India

Wagah Flag Ceremony

On the Pakistan-India border the militaries perform an elaborate theater of aggression each and every night.
31.6047, 74.5731
Munnar, India

Kolukkumalai Tea Estate

At 8,000 feet, the world's highest tea estate draws visitors for both its products and its panoramic views.
10.0847, 77.0615
The Big Chair
Washington, D.C.

The Big Chair

A super-sized promotional trick that is now a DC landmark.
38.8654, -76.9897
The Rosslyn Metro escalator. (Steven Cohen/Atlas Obscura)
Arlington, Virginia

Rosslyn Metro Escalator

At 207 feet, one of the world's longest continuous escalators.
38.8959, -77.0715
Washington, D.C.

Amelia Earhart's Lockheed Vega

The "lovely red Vega" of the legendary record-settling pilot.
38.8879, -77.0200
Blue Mustang
Denver, Colorado

Blue Mustang

The Denver airport is guarded by a 32-foot-tall sculpture of a demonic horse.
39.8342, -104.6759