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Tirana, Albania

Tirana's Colorful Facade

What happens when you cross a mayor and a painter?
Tirana, Albania

Pyramid of Tirana

An Albanian monument to the Communism that nearly crushed the country is now a crumbling wreck.
Tirana, Albania

Bunk’Art 2

In the heart of Tirana, this underground nuclear bunker has been transformed into a museum.
Tirana, Albania

Bunk'Art

Once the fallout shelter of a dictator, this sprawling bunker is now a combined history museum and contemporary art gallery.
Butrint, Albania

Butrint National Park

A scenic UNESCO site that doubles as a habitat for various forms of wildlife.
Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster Castle

This ominous Albanian fortress houses tanks and downed planes as a reminder of their victories over Western imperialism.
Zvërnec, Albania

St. Mary’s Monastery

One of 200 religious buildings recognized as a “culture monument.” 
Albania

Fier's Ship House

Gigantic water vessel, permanently grounded in Southern Albania.
Durrës, Albania

Amphitheater of Durrës

The largest Roman amphitheater in the Balkans once held over 20,000 people, but managed to lay hidden for hundreds of years.
Fushë Kruje, Albania

George Bush Statue

In this town's main square resides a statue of none other than the 43rd President of the United States.
Krujë, Albania

Krujë Castle

The elliptical citadel resisted the advance of the mighty Ottomans several times, thanks to the military prowess of the "Dragon of Albania."
Devon, England

'Verity'

An allegorical statue of a giant pregnant woman representing justice and truth.
Westward Ho!, England

Westward Ho!

How did this lovely seaside English village come by such an unusual name?
Macclesfield, England

108 Steps

Local legend holds that if you can make it up this steep cobblestone stairway without taking a breath, you'll have wish come true.
Salisbury, England

High Street Gate

This gate served as a small lock-up jail in the 14th century.
Madrid, Spain

Royal Palace of Madrid Statues

After the queen of Spain had a dream where these statues fell and crushed her, they were removed from the palace and given new homes around Madrid.
Salisbury, England

Old Sarum Castle

This modest relic, with rich history as a strategic fort through multiple eras.
Antequera, Spain

Torcal de Antequera

Rare karst landscape eroded from a flat seabed.
Benalmádena, Spain

Castillo Monumento Colomares

A New York–based physician returned home to Spain to build his own elaborate monument to Christopher Columbus.
Granada, Spain

Muslim Gravestones of the Alhambra

Spanish architects used seized Muslim gravestones to rebuild parts of the fortress.
Chania, Greece

Chania Lighthouse

This stone tower was built to protect Crete from incoming pirates.
Manchester, England

The Haçienda Apartments

This building's name and a plaque are all that's left of what was probably the most important nightclub of the Madchester music scene.
Buxton, England

The Crescent

A historic Georgian building and warm springs.
Buxton, England

The Devonshire Dome

Once the largest unsupported dome in the world, beating out the Pantheon and St Peters in Rome.