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Morda, England

Knife Angel

The sculpture is made of more than 100,000 knives collected to raise awareness about violence.
London, England

Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Abstract dinosaur models in London.
Batna, Algeria

Timgad

Classical ruins that remember ancient Rome's presence in Africa.
Canberra, Australia

National Gallery Sculpture Garden

Dozens of large-scale creative and evocative curios dot the calm outdoor space surrounding the National Gallery.
Meriden, Connecticut

Talcott Basalt Lava Pillows

Hidden behind a Target are pillows of cooled lava that formed at the bottom of a deep lake in the Mesozoic Era.
Kazanlak, Bulgaria

Buzludzha Monument

An abandoned saucer-shaped monument in the Bulgarian mountains.
Durango, Colorado

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad

This spectacular track has run continuously since 1882.
Naples, Italy

Toledo Art Station

This shining multicolored metro station deep under Naples is said to be the most beautiful in Europe.
Tosashimizu, Japan

Ashizuri Underwater Observation Tower

This retro underwater observation tower would make the perfect lair for a sea-loving villain.
Yonaguni, Japan

Yonaguni-jima Kaitei Chikei (Yonaguni Monument)

The Yonaguni Monument, a natural formation or the Japanese Atlantis?
Michamvi, Tanzania

The Rock

Sitting atop a rock on Michamvi Pingwe beach, this restaurant becomes its own island at high tide.
St Kilda, Australia

St. Kilda Pier Penguin Colony

You'll find the little birds tucked within the rocks of this Australian beach.
Yoro, Honduras

Lluvia de Peces (Rain of Fish)

Fish raining from the sky are the cause of a yearly celebration in this small Honduran town.
Puerto Río Tranquilo, Chile

Marble Caves of Chile Chico

Mother Nature outdoes herself with this stunningly beautiful set of caves carved into marble.
La Paz, Bolivia

Abandoned Chacaltaya Ski Resort

The world’s highest ski resort was deserted after an 18,000-year-old glacier melted away.
Genova, Italy

Ascensore Castello d'Albertis-Montegalletto

This peculiar Italian elevator runs both horizontally and vertically.
London, England

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Vectors of Disease Frieze

The Art Deco artwork depicts gilded carriers of deadly illnesses.
Turda, Romania

Salina Turda

This massive underground salt mine now holds a sci-fi theme park in its depths.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Grave of Walter White

The fictional star of "Breaking Bad" is memorialized with a real-life gravestone in his hometown.
Moscow, Russia

'Compassion'

A monument to Malchik, a stray dog who lived in a Moscow metro station until his tragic death.
Altoona, Pennsylvania

Horseshoe Curve

This dramatic rail curve was once the target of a failed Nazi attack.
Phonsavan, Laos

Plain of Jars

Believed to have once stored either human remains or rice wine, thousands of mysterious stone jars lie in ruin.
Sirjan, Iran

Stone Garden

Hundreds of stones dangle from barren trees in the middle of the desert.
Qeshm, Iran

3N Cave - The World's Largest Salt Cave

The worlds largest salt cave is filled with fragile salt sculptures, salt rivers, and huge salt megadomes.