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Oteshevo, North Macedonia

Abandoned Hotel Evropa

It's unclear what caused the fire that led to this opulent hotel's demise.
Pristina, Kosovo

Goddess on the Throne

This stone figurine was made more than 6,000 years ago and depicts a female deity of the Neolithic Vinča culture.
Skopje, North Macedonia

Memorial House of Mother Teresa

In the hometown of the Catholic saint and Nobel Peace Prize winner, a memorial dedicated to her legacy.
Manila, Philippines

San Sebastian Church

A church made of steel.
Stolac, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Čaršija Mosque

A 16th-century mosque rebuilt after wartime devastation.
Risan, Montenegro

Risan Roman Mosaics

The only known mosaic depicting the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos.
Toronto, Ontario

Gooderham Building

Known as "Toronto's Flatiron."
Al-Badie Al-Shamali, Saudi Arabia

Salma Palace

Parts of this palace are upheld by merely palm stems or reeds supported by palm tree beams.
Tirana, Albania

House of Leaves

A museum dedicated to secret surveillance.
Prekaz, Kosovo

Memorial Complex Adem Jashari

The site where the leader of the Kosovo Liberation Army was killed is now a memorial.
Veles, North Macedonia

Kosturnica (Ossuary Monument)

This elegant monument to those who fought against fascism is inspired by the shape of the poppy flower.
Gadime e Poshtme, Kosovo

Gadime Cave

The ceiling of this cavern is dripping with multicolored marble stalactites.
Mavrovo, North Macedonia

St Nicholas Church - Mavrovo

Depending on the region's rainfall, this church may be partially submerged.
Ferizaj, Kosovo

Church of the Holy Emperor Uroš and Madhe Mosque

Christianity and Islam have clashed, yet here a Serbian Orthodox church and a mosque stand together.
Mitrovica, Kosovo

Mitrovica Miners Monument

Two distorted Romanesque columns hold aloft a mine cart in honor of laborers who died during WWII.
Pristina, Kosovo

Newborn Monument

This massive monument was unveiled the day Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
Pristina, Kosovo

National Library of Kosovo

A futuristic, brutalist masterpiece that is also strangely prison-like.
Pristina, Kosovo

Kosovo Bill Clinton Statue

A 11-foot former president stands on a Kosovo street that also bears his name.
Krusevo, North Macedonia

The Kruševo Makedonium

Space-age monument to an early 20th-century uprising.
North Macedonia

Little Pioneers Youth Camp

An abandoned resort in North Macedonia is a relic from the Communist Party of Yugoslavia.
Ketenovo, North Macedonia

Kuklica

Stone pillars and a petrified wedding party in the hills of North Macedonia.
North Macedonia

Kokino Observatory

This 3,800-year-old site contains markers used to study the movement of the sun and moon and create a lunar calendar.
Skopje, North Macedonia

Skopje Hydrometeorological Service Building

A solar-powered primary school inspires hope and experimentation in a country ripe for energy innovation.
Skopje, North Macedonia

Skopje Fortress

This fortress dates back to the 6th century and is also the site of a controversial abandoned restoration project.