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Iceland

Haukadalur Geothermal Field

This valley of hot springs and boiling mud pots is home to the record-holding "Geysir," which originated the English word.
Iceland

Gjáin

Surrounded by ash fields in Iceland, an impossibly verdant valley looks like something out of a fairytale.
Český Krumlov, Czechia

The Bear Moat at Český Krumlov Castle

Be(w)ar(e) the moat around this historic Czech castle.
Gaithersburg, Maryland

World's Largest Deadweight Machine

The U.S. government built the million-pound stack of steel during the Space Race.
Kupari, Croatia

The Abandoned Hotels of Kupari

The now-overgrown beach resort was once frequented by Yugoslav military elite.
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
Matavun, Slovenia

Skocjan Caves

This massive subterranean fissure is known as the "underground Grand Canyon."
Željava, Croatia

Zeljava Airbase

Yugoslavia's biggest underground airport lies in ruins.
Třeboň, Czechia

Třeboň

In the town of Třeboň, carp is king.
Kutna Hora, Czechia

Sedlec Ossuary "Bone Church"

A church of bones, decorated with 40,000 human skeletons.
Prague, Czechia

Prague Astronomical Clock

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

Žižkov Tower

Looming communist pillar with a Czech twist.
Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Stari Most

Bridge that died in war and was resurected.
Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik Maskeron

Gargoyle head that brings good luck.
Bled, Slovenia

Bled Island and Castle

This one-time health resort was used by aristocrats around the world.
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dragon Bridge

A whimsical bridge adorned with decorative dragons.
Istanbul, Turkey

Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

A fountain standing as a testament to a doomed alliance.
Istanbul, Turkey

Serpent Column

Ancient serpentine sacrifice holder that has stood the test of time.
Istanbul, Turkey

Tombs of the Sultans

Five sultans and their families rest in eternal splendor, teeming with overlooked beauty and drama.
Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.
Plitvička Jezera, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes

A chain of 16 wondrous lakes formed as a result of the gradual dissolution of soluble layers of bedrock.
Belchertown, Massachusetts

Belchertown State School for the Feeble-Minded

This decrepit abandoned building is made all the more eerie by its dark history.
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Carlsbad Caverns

Second largest cave chamber in the world, discovered in 1898 by a sixteen year old and his friend known as "pothead."
Mecca, California

Salton Sea

The ghostly remains of an accidental sea.