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Soldiers marching through the Menin Gate (before the modern structure) at the start of WWI
Ypres, Belgium

Menin Gate Memorial

A moving memorial to the fallen and missing from WWI trenches.
50.8513, 2.8842
Schwangau, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle

The fairy tale castle of the "fairy-tale king."
47.5574, 10.7495
City's sign lists local sights but not the infamous camp. (spinkk/Atlas Obscura)
Dachau, Germany

Dachau Concentration Camp

Prototype for all Nazi concentration camps.
48.2594, 11.4343
Munich, Germany

Rathaus-Glockenspiel

Daily jousts and dancing barrel makers in Munich's mechanical clock.
48.1378, 11.5759
Death cutting the life-thread
Munich, Germany

Asamkirche

Among the ostentatious rococo ornamentation of this church, an image of death cuts the life-thread.
48.1351, 11.5697
Viscardigasse
Munich, Germany

Viscardigasse

Golden cobblestones remember a time when this small alley was used to avoid having to give a Nazi salute.
48.1413, 11.5775
Shoes on the Danube
Budapest, Hungary

Shoes on the Danube Promenade

A trail of iron footwear stands as a monument to the thousands executed along this riverbank during WWII.
47.5040, 19.0448
Timewheel
Budapest, Hungary

Timewheel

Possibly the world's largest hourglass only needs to be reset every New Year's Eve.
47.5128, 19.0805
Nashville, Tennessee

Concrete Parthenon

"Athens of the South."
36.1497, -86.8132
A display at American Museum of Science and Energy
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Oak Ridge "The Secret City"

The secret city built by the Manhattan Project.
36.0089, -84.2571
A Moonbow in action.
Williamsburg, Kentucky

Cumberland Falls State Park

Moonbows over Kentucky.
36.8368, -84.2490
Mound-like natural formations in the Cheltenham Badlands (Flickr/Aubrey Arenas)
Caledon, Ontario

Cheltenham Badlands

Barren, rolling red hills near Ontario.
43.7780, -79.9404
Prince Edward, Ontario

Lake on the Mountain

A mysterious lake provides fresh water without any source, somehow restoring itself from atop its mountaintop perch.
44.0357, -77.0607
A model of the Marconi's original Table Head station at Glace Bay.
Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

Marconi National Historic Site

Site of the first official transatlantic wireless communications.
46.2115, -59.9526
The South Front and the South Lawn with the Seahorse Fountain. The exterior steps are a 19th century replacement for the original horseshoe shaped steps. (Wikimedia Commons)
Derbyshire, England

Chatsworth House

Seat of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire for centuries.
53.2279, -1.6121
Madaba Mosaic Map
Madaba, Jordan

Madaba Mosaic Map

The world's oldest map of the holy land gives us a fragmented glimpse of the layout of biblical nations.
31.7177, 35.7941
The Oval Forum in Jerash, and the Cardo Maximus
Jerash, Jordan

The Ruins of Jerash

Gladiators battle and chariots race daily in the ruins of a once-great Roman city.
32.2769, 35.9056
Darul Aman Palace
Kabul, Afghanistan

Darul Aman Palace

What was once supposed to be the symbol of a shining Afghani future is now a bombed-out ruin.
34.4645, 69.1186
Monument to the Battle of the Nations
Leipzig, Germany

Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations)

This incredible stone temple is a monument to death, victory, and fantasy architecture.
51.3124, 12.4132
Prague, Czechia

Jan Palach Memorial

Monument to a suicide protesting the Soviet invasion.
50.0798, 14.4297
The Prague Metronome slicing through summer skies. (Macskafaraok/Flickr)
Prague, Czechia

Prague Metronome

Steadily reminding Czechia of its past.
50.0947, 14.4160
Lohmen, Germany

The Bastei

Ruins of a German Castle on top of a towering stone pillar.
50.9634, 14.0703
Photo Courtesy the Long Now Foundation
Jordan

Petra

An ancient capital city 3000 years old and harboring many surprises.
30.3285, 35.4427
Berlin, Germany

Berlin-Friedrichstrasse Railway Station

Cold war icon and onetime "hole" in the iron curtain.
52.5203, 13.3869