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Oswiecim, Poland

Auschwitz Concentration Camp

The former Nazi concentration camp stands as a museum to remember this dark chapter in Germany's history.
50.0276, 19.2021
The Dragon's Den
Krakow, Poland

Wawel Dragon's Den

This Polish cave has housed a dragon, a brothel, and an enduring legend.
50.0528, 19.9353
Machu Picchu.
Aguas Calientes, Peru

Machu Picchu: The Lost City of The Inca

The intricate stonework of Machu Picchu serves as a testament to Incan engineers.
-13.1631, -72.5450
Sashimi on a stick.
Kyoto, Japan

Nishiki Market

This 700-year-old street food market features baby octopus and soy donuts.
35.0045, 135.7647
Deep underground
Narusawa-mura, Japan

Narusawa Hyoketsu (Ice Cave)

A 70-foot-deep ice cave formed by lava from Mt. Fuji on the edge of Japan's "Suicide Forest." .
35.4752, 138.6671
Parents of deceased children place colorful "bibs" on Jizo statues to show their gratitude for his protection in the afterlife.
Kyoto, Japan

Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

A shrine contains nearly 200 statues of the Buddhist deity Jizo, dressed in bibs by parents who have lost a child.
34.9949, 135.7850
The line of Jizō statues.
Nikkō-shi, Japan

Kanmangafuchi Abyss

A remarkable lava formation encloses a line of Buddhist statues that can't be accurately counted, according to local mythology.
36.7488, 139.5882
Architecture of the Ise Shrine
Ise, Japan

Ise Grand Shrine

This ancient shrine has been rebuilt every 20 years since the eighth century.
34.4549, 136.7258
Wendy's Secret Garden.
Lavender Bay, Australia

Wendy's Secret Garden

Built over an abandoned train yard, this hidden gem is full of winding paths and offers gorgeous views of Sydney Harbour.
-33.8438, 151.2081
Royal Botanic Gardens
Sydney, Australia

Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Come for the flowers, stay for the bats!
-33.8646, 151.2198
The Sirius building in Sydney.
The Rocks, Australia

Sirius Building

Though considered an eyesore by some, this boxy Brutalist high-rise plays a significant role in Sydney's past.
-33.8578, 151.2079
Big Merino in Goulburn, Australia. (Wikimedia Commons)
Goulburn, Australia

Big Merino

Three-story concrete ram with a permanent gift shop.
-34.7737, 149.6914
Exterior
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau State Circus

This abandoned Soviet circus is slowly being restored to its Communist-era glory.
47.0373, 28.8493
Gergeti Trinity Church against the Caucasus backdrop
Georgia

Gergeti Trinity Church

Take respite inside this jaw-dropping church while climbing the volcano where Georgia's Prometheus was once chained.
42.6625, 44.6203
Pryp'yat', Ukraine

Abandoned Avanhard Stadium of Pripyat

One of the most poignant ruins of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the local football team's stadium has been quickly reclaimed by nature.
51.4106, 30.0544
The House
Guatape, Colombia

La Manuela Hacienda Ruins

Ripped apart by a bomb in 1993, the shell of Pablo Escobar's infamous vacation house still stands.
6.2311, -75.1535
Yokai Street
Kyoto, Japan

Yokai Street

This neighborhood thoroughfare is haunted by dozens of homemade monsters.
35.0262, 135.7355
Sake kegs outside the Go'o Shrine.
Kyoto, Japan

Go'o Shrine

Shrine dedicated to boars that is believed to cure foot and leg injuries.
35.0249, 135.7592
Kyoto, Japan

Sanjūsangen-dō

1001 carved statues of the Buddhist God of Mercy, each with a unique face.
34.9882, 135.7717
Gog and Magog and Gaunt's Clock
Melbourne, Australia

Gog and Magog

These mythological giants take time out of their busy day guarding a Victorian market to let you know what time it is.
-37.8147, 144.9635
Tokyo, Japan

Kabukicho Robot Restaurant

Cabaret where the show girls are all androids, and the patrons couldn't be more pleased.
35.6942, 139.7028
The scourge of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

Godzilla Head

He's not quite the menace he once was, but he still has some chops.
35.6954, 139.7018
Broken eggshells litter the pavement.
Hakone, Japan

Owakudani Black Eggs

Legend holds eating just one of these black eggs can add seven years to one's life.
35.2444, 139.0198
Swan Lake Ship in Lake Yamanaka
Yamanakako, Japan

Lake Yamanaka

The largest of the Fuji Five Lakes is home to a flock of swans — some real, some with paddles, and one with an observation deck.
35.4088, 138.8791