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Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

Lion Tombs of Dadan

Lions carved into the rockface adorn these two tombs built into the mountains of Dadan.
Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

Jabal Ikmah

The rocks around this mountain are filled with so many carvings that the area became known as the "open library."
Belgrade, Serbia

Poslastičarnica sa stavom

This ice cream parlor serves scoops of flavors like rakia, medlar, and poppy seed.
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."
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.
Gjirokaster, Albania

Gjirokaster Castle

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

Bunkers of Albania

Hundreds of thousands of concrete bunkers crowd Albania long after the fall of Communism.
Përmet District, Albania

Benja Thermal Baths

A medieval bridge stretches over a sulfur-rich river that leads to year-round natural hot springs.
Sarandë District, Albania

Syri i Kalter: The Blue Eye

A naturally beautiful, seemingly bottomless deep blue spring.
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

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

Tirana's Colorful Facade

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

Rozafa Castle

According to a local legend, this old castle could only be built after a woman was immured in the walls.
Città di San Marino, San Marino

Montale

The smaller of the three towers of San Marino is a former prison inaccessible from the ground level.
Montenegro

Ostrog Monastery

A curious cave church carved into the face of a cliff.
Grahovo, Montenegro

Grahovo Memorial Park

This memorial to local World War II heroes is slowly being reclaimed by nature.
Montenegro

Our Lady of the Rocks

A tiny church on a man-made island in the Adriatic.
Kotor, Montenegro

Fortifications of Kotor

These historic defenses ensured the city within would survive hundreds of years of occupations, sieges, and invasions.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan

This exclusive resort has completely covered a tiny Balkan island in a 5-star warren of guest rooms.
Tomba, Montenegro

Stara Maslina

One of the world's oldest olive trees, thought to be over 2,000 years old.
Ulcinj, Montenegro

War Memorial in Ulcinj

On top of a resort town as old as the Bronze Age sits an incredible war memorial statue overlooking the beaches below.
Podgorica, Montenegro

Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ

Its frescoes depict the likeness of Marshal Tito, Karl Marx, and Friedrich Engels burning in hell.
Podgorica, Montenegro

Brutalist Church of Podgorica

This virtually windowless mass of smooth concrete is the only Catholic church in the city.
Jablanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bridge on Neretva

A bridge destroyed three times: once as a ruse, then in an actual attack, and finally for the movies.