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Skrunda 1
Lidumnieki, Latvia

Skrunda-1

This abandoned secret city is a crumbling wonderland of Soviet ruins.
56.7275, 21.9954
Flora Han.
Fatih, Turkey

Flora Han

An Art Nouveau gem hides beneath the layers of city grime obscuring this once-magnificent building.
41.0143, 28.9748
Uniforms, plaques and paraphernalia from the Orient Express
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Railway Museum at Sirkeci Terminal

The legendary luxury train passage is commemorated with a charming museum inside its former eastern terminus.
41.0152, 28.9771
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
Venice, Italy

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

This palatial spiral staircase was so unusual the name "snail" was given to the noble family who built it.
45.4348, 12.3345
The abandoned torpedo launch station.
Rijeka, Croatia

Torpedo Launch Station

Now abandoned, the world's first torpedo factory is crumbling into the sea.
45.3341, 14.4036
Wheel crosses of Vormsi Cemetery.
Hullo, Estonia

Vormsi Cemetery

Hundreds of unusual wheel crosses poke above the earth in this small Estonian cemetery.
59.0005, 23.2306
Peko Jumalamägi.
Estonia

Peko

A wooden statue of an Estonian pagan god and King of the Setos stands atop a sacred hill.
57.8772, 27.7155
Eyüp, Turkey

Museum of Energy

This shuttered power plant is now Turkey's first industrial archaeology museum.
41.0664, 28.9467
Bird palace.
Üsküdar, Turkey

Ottoman Bird Palaces

Ornate miniature mansions, built for Istanbul's feathered residents.
41.0246, 29.0150
The pillar of shame.
Zadar, Croatia

Pillar of Shame

Now harmless, this looming post struck fear into the heart of medieval troublemakers.
44.1159, 15.2239
Concentric circles mark the alleged center of the world.
Ludbreg, Croatia

Ludbreg's 'Center of the World'

Colorful concentric circles honor a small Croatian town's supposed spot at the nucleus of it all.
46.2494, 16.6180
Varaždin Cemetery.
Varaždin, Croatia

Varaždin Cemetery

Trimmed trees grow alongside the graves like topiary tombstones.
46.3091, 16.3240
Noora, the new main building of the National Archives of Estonia.
Tartu, Estonia

Noora

The labyrinthine home of the National Archives of Estonia is an experimental blend of architecture, art, and history.
58.3656, 26.6928
"No Pedestrian" signs in the Saatse Boot
Estonia

Saatse Boot

This peculiar border irregularity is the only way to legally enter Russia without a visa.
57.9098, 27.7209
Stolpersteine plaques.
Berlin, Germany

Stolpersteine Holocaust Memorials

Tiny memorials honor individual victims of the Holocaust.
52.5167, 13.3778
Denkzeichen Georg Elser.
Berlin, Germany

Denkzeichen Georg Elser

A monument to the man who almost killed Hitler.
52.5125, 13.3827
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Berlin, Germany

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Thousands of coffin-like pillars make up this controversial holocaust memorial.
52.5139, 13.3789
The museum has exhibits honoring the work of the legends of cinema.
Ķeipene, Latvia

Sergei Eisenstein Memorial House

A unique museum dedicated to the famed Soviet director and other cinema greats.
56.8959, 25.1873
The pyramid under the dome
Varėnos rajono savivaldybė, Lithuania

Pyramid of Merkine

The pyramid and dome deep inside the Dzūkija forest are believed to channel divine energy.
54.1422, 24.1984
Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Radimlja Necropolis

A field filled with carved medieval tombstones called stećak.
43.0923, 17.9237
The Old Vine.
Maribor, Slovenia

The Old Vine

The world's oldest grape-producing vine has survived four centuries of turmoil and even has its own anthem.
46.5566, 15.6442
Interior of the Hunterian Museum
London, England

Hunterian Museum, London

The anatomical-pathological collection of a man who changed surgery.
51.5154, -0.1159
London, England

Scenes from the Frost Fair

Murals of the wild parties once held on the frozen River Thames.
51.5079, -0.0946