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Hacienda Heights, California

Hsi Lai Temple

An unexpected and peaceful oasis on a hillside.
Sydney, Australia

SS Ayrfield

Nature is leading a successful mutiny on this century-old freighter.
Laconia, Greece

Cape Matapan Caves

A cave network located at the southernmost tip of mainland Greece was once believed to be an entrance to Hades.
Laconia, Greece

Vatheia

The historic tower houses of this nearly abandoned Greek town have been compared to the spikes on an iguana's back.
Staten Island, New York

Fort Wadsworth

America's longest-manned military fort is now an just an abandoned hulk.
French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Port Couvreux

Scattered ruins and a tiny cemetery are all that remain of a failed attempt to colonize the inhospitable Desolate Islands.
South Andaman, India

Netaji Shubash Chandra Bose Island

An abandoned settlement originally established by British colonialists in the Andaman archipelago.
Moyenne Island, Seychelles

Moyenne Island

A newspaper editor turned this abandoned island into a tortoise nature preserve that's now the world's smallest national park.
Seaview, England

No Man's Land

This foolish Victorian sea fort was converted to a deluxe hotel.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philbert the Pig

This beloved marketplace mascot poops money and grants good luck.
North Yorkshire, England

Allerton Castle

This Gothic Revival castle used as a shooting location for "The Secret Garden" and other films.
Turkey

Gobekli Tepe

Hunter-gatherer architecture believed to be the oldest religious complex known.
Asheville, North Carolina

Silver River Center for Chair Caning

This Asheville chair museum wants to revive a dying art.
Palenque, Mexico

Rabbit Skull Relief

The enigmatic skull gazes out over the ruins of a once-great Mayan city.
Southwell, England

The Leaves of Southwell

Exquisite carvings of leaves, Green Men, and the occasional dragon adorn a medieval chapter house.
Tlalnepantla, Mexico

Mexica Sculpture Museum Dr. Eusebio Davalos Hurtado

The 19th-century hacienda house is filled with Aztec sculptures.
Bryson City, North Carolina

The Lost Town of Proctor

The scant remains of this flooded historic village can be explored in one of the most remote areas of the Great Smokies.
Qesm Sharm Ash Sheikh, Egypt

End of the World Cinema

An abandoned outdoor movie theater in the Sinai desert.