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Despotovac, Serbia

Manasija Monastery

This 15th-century Serbian Orthodox monastery also contained a school for illuminating manuscripts.
Kuršumlija, Serbia

Devil's Town Rock Formation

The bizarre rocks of Đavolja Varoš are the result of natural erosion.
Belgrade, Serbia

Western City Gate of Belgrade

A pair of connected skyscrapers form this symbolic gateway.
Belgrade, Serbia

Ruins of Yugoslav Army Headquarters

Destroyed Serbian army headquarters sits half crumbled in a largely revitalized Belgrade.
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade Tesla Museum

Nikola Tesla's ashes are held in a golden sphere, surrounded by his works.
Golubac, Serbia

Golubac Fortress

This 14th century castle withstood years of battle but is now sliding off the hills into the Danube.
Niš, Serbia

The Skull Tower of Nis

Structure built from the skulls of vanquished foes.
Pristina, Kosovo

National Library of Kosovo

A futuristic, brutalist masterpiece that is also strangely prison-like.
Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

Sveti Stefan

This exclusive resort has completely covered a tiny Balkan island in a 5-star warren of guest rooms.
Montenegro

Our Lady of the Rocks

A tiny church on a man-made island in the Adriatic.
Montenegro

Ostrog Monastery

A curious cave church carved into the face of a cliff.
Kotor, Montenegro

Fortifications of Kotor

These historic defenses ensured the city within would survive hundreds of years of occupations, sieges, and invasions.
Bucharest, Romania

Arcul de Triumf

Romania's triumphal arch looks out over Bucharest.
Bucharest, Romania

Palace of the Parliament

This communist behemoth is the heaviest building in the world and a legacy of a brutal regime.
Bran, Romania

Bran Castle

The possible imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler here earned the medieval castle its nickname, "Dracula's Castle."
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Ascension Cathedral

Rebuilt several decades ago, its striking murals prevent it from being reconsecrated as a church.
Sofia, Bulgaria

The Largo

Sofia's legislative center is continuously reinventing itself.
Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv Roman Theater

This ancient theater, restored in the 20th century, lives on as a venue for dramatic and musical performances.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A striking symbol of the Bulgarian capital.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Museum of Socialist Art

A collection of art from Bulgaria's time as a communist state.
Rilski manastir, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery

This historic black and white monastery is one of Bulgaria's architectural jewels.
Athens, Greece

The Athenian Agora

This ancient Greek place of assembly and marketplace is being revealed layer by layer below the modern Athens cityscape.
Istanbul, Turkey

Serpent Column

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

Obelisk of Theodosius

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