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Houses with eyes.
Sibiu, Romania

Sibiu's Houses with Eyes

Something's watching you.
45.7966, 24.1514
Statue of Prometheus, Vidraru Hydro Electric Plant
Comuna Arefu, Romania

Prometheus Statue at Vidraru Dam

The ancient Greek Titan guards this massive dam holding a lightning bolt to symbolize electricity.
45.3660, 24.6334
The Gothic church towers above the Old Town.
Brașov, Romania

Biserica Neagră (The Black Church)

A fire once nearly devoured this gorgeous 14th-century Gothic cathedral.
45.6409, 25.5878
Strada Sforii
Brașov, Romania

Strada Sforii (Rope Street)

This snug medieval lane is one of the narrowest streets in the world.
45.6399, 25.5882
Bran Castle
Bran, Romania

Bran Castle

The possible imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler here earned the medieval castle its nickname, "Dracula's Castle."
45.5149, 25.3672
Arch of Triumph, Bucharest, Romania. (Liliana Suruceanu/AtlasObscura)
Bucharest, Romania

Arcul de Triumf

Romania's triumphal arch looks out over Bucharest.
44.4672, 26.0781
Castle Frankenstein
Mühltal, Germany

Castle Frankenstein

The birthplace of an eccentric alchemist and possible inspiration for the fictional reanimator of monsters.
49.7943, 8.6952
Darmstadt, Germany

Waldspirale

A German apartment building hosting as many trees as human occupants.
49.8855, 8.6557
Miyoshi, Japan

The Vine Bridges of Iya Valley

Hanging over one of Japan's "hidden valleys," these vine bridges must be remade every three years.
33.8753, 133.8355
Takehara, Japan

Okunoshima

Japanese island famous for poison gas and fluffy bunnies.
34.3086, 132.9931
Golden Hinde in London
London, England

Replica of the Golden Hinde

This one has sailed five times as far as Sir Francis Drake's famous ship.
51.5067, -0.0910
London, England

Polly at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

The taxidermied remains of a once-great parrot.
51.5143, -0.1072
The lush interior of the small monastery.
Bucharest, Romania

Snagov Monastery

This solitary monastery may hold the remains of Vlad the Impaler (but probably not).
44.7296, 26.1757
Mogosoaia Palace, Mogosoaia, Romania. (Liliana Suruceanu/Atlas Obscura)
Mogoșoaia, Romania

Mogosoaia Palace

17th century palace once a meeting place for politicians.
44.5277, 25.9932
Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs
Brașov, Romania

Transylvania's "Hollywood" Signs

The European towns of Brașov and Râșnov each have proud signs reminiscent of the Hollywood sign.
45.6580, 25.6012
Ryōan-ji
Kyoto, Japan

Ryōan-ji

The quintessential Japanese rock garden has existed for more than 500 years.
35.0323, 135.7213
Hodge the Cat, looking slightly grumpy
London, England

Monument to Hodge the Cat

Dictionary Johnson’s favorite feline.
51.5151, -0.1082
London's smallest police station.
London, England

London's Lilliputian Police Station

London's smallest police station is barely the size of a phone booth.
51.5078, -0.1288
Trojaborg Labyrinth.
Sweden

Gotland

Largest island in the Baltic Sea experiences such idyllic weather that roses bloom in the middle of December.
57.5000, 18.5500
Stockholm, Sweden

Vasa Museum

Remains of a 17th-century version of the Titanic.
59.3280, 18.0914
The Three Royal Mounds.
Uppsala, Sweden

Royal Mounds of Gamla Uppsala

Ancient burial grounds of the wealthy.
59.8993, 17.6318
Flogsta is quiet and calm by day but by night...
Uppsala, Sweden

The Flogsta Scream

A nightly tradition fills the streets of Flogsta with a collective scream.
59.8502, 17.5922
Howrah, India

Great Banyan Tree

A single tree's 2,800 aerial roots give the appearance of a complete forest.
22.5614, 88.2921
The hypocenter and surrounding devastation immediately after the detonation of the bomb
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima's Hypocenter

A plaque marks the site directly below the mid-air detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
34.3948, 132.4547