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The Spoonmaker's Diamond on display at Topkapi Serayi Museum
Istanbul, Turkey

The Spoonmaker's Diamond

No one is sure if the world's fourth-largest diamond had been found in a rubbish heap or was pawned by Napoleon's mom.
41.0115, 28.9834
The courtyard Palace entrance, from which guided tours start
Üsküdar, Turkey

Beylerbeyi Palace

This former Imperial summer home was the venue for a royal slap that once echoed 'round the world.
41.0430, 29.0400
Istanbul, Turkey

Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

A fountain standing as a testament to a doomed alliance.
41.0071, 28.9767
The crumbling remnants of the home where an exiled Trotsky lived from 1929 to 1933
Adalar, Turkey

Büyükada

Over the centuries, this island paradise has done it all, from providing monks with ecclesiastical respite to sheltering an exiled Leon Trotsky.
40.8521, 29.1197
Serpent column with the Obelisk of Theodosius in the background.
Istanbul, Turkey

Serpent Column

Ancient serpentine sacrifice holder that has stood the test of time.
41.0056, 28.9751
Obelisk of Theodosius
Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.
41.0059, 28.9754
Medrese.
Istanbul, Turkey

Miniaturk

Large miniature theme park with 100-plus models.
41.0594, 28.9489
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
Pehlivans at the Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival.
Avarız Köyü, Turkey

Kirkpinar Oil Wrestling Festival

Brawny guys rolling around in oil is the oldest regular sporting event besides the Olympics.
41.6899, 26.5574
Lviv Statue of Liberty
Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv Statue of Liberty

This unique Lady Liberty is one of the only examples of the figure sitting down.
49.8411, 24.0272
The locks are often decorated.
Odessa, Ukraine

Mother-In-Law Bridge

Padlocks cover this rickety footbridge with love.
46.4846, 30.7326
Exhibit resembling reactor 4 which suffered the catastrophic failure, Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum, Kyev, Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine

Ukrainian National Chernobyl Museum

This unassuming museum's slogan translates to “there is a limit of sadness, anxiety has no limits."
50.4663, 30.5175
The never-ending escalator ride.
Kyiv, Ukraine

Arsenalna Metro Station

The deepest metro station in the world.
50.4444, 30.5454
Kyiv, Ukraine

Rodina-Mat : Mother Motherland

340-foot statue built to honour the Heroes of the Soviet Union.
50.4265, 30.5631
Kyiv, Ukraine

Peeing Colors in Kyiv

When you've got to go, you've got to go.
50.4562, 30.5114
Kyiv, Ukraine

Kyiv Monastery of the Caves and Microminiature Museum

This 1000 year old relic-filled cave monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site also hosts an amazing micro-miniature museum.
50.4342, 30.5592
Odessa, Ukraine

Odessa Catacombs

The largest catacomb system in the world.
46.4667, 30.7333
Museum of the Great Patriotic War
Kyiv, Ukraine

Museum of the Great Patriotic War

One of the largest museums in Ukraine remembers the story of the German-Soviet War in iconic, brutalist style.
50.4266, 30.5636