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Prague, Czechia

Jan Palach Memorial

Monument to a suicide protesting the Soviet invasion.
Prague, Czechia

Prague Astronomical Clock

Macabre astrological automaton clock dating to the late 1400s.
Prague, Czechia

Old Jewish Cemetery

Around 100,000 bodies are buried below the medieval headstones, many of which mark graves with multiple bodies stacked up to 12 deep.
Prague, Czechia

Old New Synagogue

Synagogue built from the stones of Solomon's temple contains the golem of Prague.
Prague, Czechia

Lennon Wall

Despite attempts by local police to discourage it, Beatles-inspired graffiti has been a means for artists to air grievances for decades.
Berlin, Germany

Berlin Radio Tower

A restaurant and observation deck built in a unique broadcasting antennae.
Berlin, Germany

The Return of the Cows

Art and a pun, all in one.
Chișcău, Romania

Bears' Cave

This bone-filled cave got its name after they found 140 bear skeletons inside.
Gori, Georgia

Stalin Museum

A museum glorifying the life of Stalin, located in the city of his birth.
Tbilisi, Georgia

Bank of Georgia Building

Unusual building appears to be haphazardly built from randomly piled bricks.
Tbilisi, Georgia

The Iveria

Luxury hotel turned into a refugee camp, then turned back into a luxury hotel.
Ganja, Azerbaijan

Bottle House of Ganja

A quirky house created entirely out of glass bottles combines a collector's spirit with an artist's flair.
Akrotiri, Cyprus

Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas of the Cats

For almost 2000 years this church has been waging war on local snakes by importing cats.
Agios Tychon, Cyprus

Ancient Sex Curse of Cyprus

Sex curse discovered on ancient tablet in Cyprus.
Famagusta, Cyprus

Varosha Beach Resort

A 1970s resort city now stands abandoned, caught in the middle of a divided island.
Palermo, Italy

Cappella Palatina

Every inch of this chapel is covered in craftsmanship from across the world.
Palermo, Italy

Capuchin Monastery Catacombs

Catacombs with thousands of well-dressed mummies.
Palermo, Italy

La Zisa

This Arabesque Italian castle was built with a primitive, if ingenious, air-conditioning system.
Palermo, Italy

Santuario di Santa Rosalia

Cave shrine on Monte Pellegrino.
Valletta, Malta

Casa Rocca Piccola

Dynastic Home of the De Piro Family.
Mellieha, Malta

Popeye Village

An abandoned set from the 1980 film "Popeye," claimed and repurposed as a theme park by creative locals.
Rome, Italy

The Mithraeum at Circus Maximus

The underground sanctuary of a mysterious ancient cult.
Rome, Italy

The Mouth of Truth

The yawning maw of this pagan visage is said to bite off the hands of liars.
Rome, Italy

Basilica di San Clemente

A Nesting Doll of Churches.