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Micropia
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Micropia

The world's first zoo for microbes collecting the horrible and wonderful things living on and around us.
52.3673, 4.9125
(Flickr/fidelramos)
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Oude Kerk

Amsterdam's oldest church, and the center of Dutch prostitution.
52.3744, 4.8980
Great Mosque
Djenne, Mali

Great Mud Mosque of Djenne

The central mosque of this Mali town is entirely built from mud.
13.9051, -4.5556
(Flickr/Carlos Affonso)
Qesm Saint Katrin, Egypt

St. Catherine's Monastery

Charnel house at the foot of Mount Sinai.
28.6683, 34.0656
Red Sea Blue Hole
Qesm Saint Katrin, Egypt

Red Sea Blue Hole

The deadliest diving spot in the world is also a stunning geological marvel.
28.5091, 34.5136
Perito Moreno Glacier
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Perito Moreno Glacier

This stunning mass of ice spans 121 square miles and is still growing.
-50.4714, -73.0364
Three Sisters
Katoomba, Australia

Three Sisters

This trio of Australian rock spires may have inspired aboriginal legend or just modern tourism.
-33.7150, 150.3114
The Big Oyster in Taree, Australia.
Taree, Australia

Big Oyster

Homage to the local produce now serves as a car dealer.
-31.9013, 152.4653
Coober Pedy, Australia

Coober Pedy

An opal mining town in the middle of Australia where people live, worship, and shop underground.
-29.0123, 134.7546
A street in historical Shoe-makers market of Safranbolu. (Wikimedia Commons)
Safranbolu, Turkey

Safranbolu, Turkey

Ottoman-era houses lovingly preserved.
41.2437, 32.6903
Fairy Chimneys
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

Turkey's historic city is carved into ancient volcanic rock formations.
38.4174, 34.1382
Ushuaia's Time Capsule + instructions
Ushuaia, Argentina

The Time Capsule of Ushuaia

This plaza at the end of the world teems with monumental tributes to a problematic history, and laser discs.
-54.8074, -68.3037
Uyuni, Bolivia

Great Train Graveyard

On the outskirts of a desert trading village high on the Andean plain, steel giants have been destroyed by salt winds.
-20.4604, -66.8250
Bolivia's Witch Market
La Paz, Bolivia

Bolivia's Witch Market

Popular tourist destination where witches in dark hats sell dried llama fetuses for good luck.
-16.4962, -68.1392
Nor Yungas, Bolivia

North Yungas Road

Death road of Bolivia.
-16.2669, -67.7914
(Flickr/mana_wu)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The Zaisan Memorial

A huge communist-era propaganda monument and mural that offers stunning views of the Mongolian capital.
47.8840, 106.9139
Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Sacred Buddhist home of some spiritual monkeys.
27.7152, 85.2899
Getting out of the Devil's pool. The other exit is to climb up the rocks to the viewer's left.
Victoria Falls, Zambia

Devil's Swimming Pool

The world's highest and most dangerous infinity pool lies at the precipice of Victoria Falls.
-17.9243, 25.8572
Buddha Park
Vientiane, Laos

Xieng Khuan (Buddha Park)

More than 200 statues filled with cryptic symbols give this park spot an aura of horror vacui fantasy.
17.9123, 102.7654
(Flickr/Many Moon Honeymoon)
Tambon Wat That, Thailand

Sala Keoku

Bizarre Hindu and Buddhist sculpture park.
17.8867, 102.7822
The White Temple
Tambon Pa O Don Chai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun

White Buddhist Temple with a golden restroom.
19.8242, 99.7631
Sifting for the perfect protection at the market
Bangkok, Thailand

Amulet Market

Bangkok's men with dangerous jobs come here in search of protective talismans.
13.7556, 100.4890
Henry Moore's Nuclear Energy
Chicago, Illinois

Nuclear Energy

This bronze sculpture on a former squash court marks the secret origins of the Atomic Age.
41.7921, -87.6018
Niles, Illinois

Leaning Tower of Niles

Half-sized replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa built to honor Galileo.
42.0125, -87.7841