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San Lawrenz, Malta

The Azure Window and the Blue Hole

Two geological phenomena in one precarious locale: a towering stone window, and a deep blue void.
36.0536, 14.1884
Qrendi, Malta

Mnajdra

Stone Age solar temple is aligned with the sun on each equinox and solstice.
35.8268, 14.4364
Belpasso, Italy

Mount Etna

The world's most active stratovolcano is almost always erupting.
37.7498, 14.9998
Panorama of Scala dei Turchi
Realmonte, Italy

Scala dei Turchi

"Stairs of the Turks", a chalky white cliff eroded conveniently into stairs, allowing for easy pillaging.
37.2931, 13.4712
Ruins of Poggioreale
Poggioreale, Italy

Ruins of Poggioreale

This entire town moved to a safe location after it was devastated by an earthquake, but the remains of the original town are still around.
37.7908, 13.0233
Castel del Monte
Andria, Italy

Castel del Monte

Geometry and mystery come together in an epic show of octagonal masonry.
41.2252, 16.2909
(Flickr/Elizabeth Thomsen)
Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
40.7862, 17.2376
Decrepit structures in the medieval village
Province of Matera, Italy

The Village of Craco

An Italian hillside ghost town.
40.3788, 16.4400
(Flickr/hadoken)
Kazan, Russia

Qolşärif Mosque

Replica of mosque destroyed by Russia in the 16th century.
55.7973, 49.1113
Suyumbike Tower
Kazan, Russia

Suyumbike Tower

Russia's own leaning tower was built on a tragic historical fable.
55.7950, 49.1052
(Flickr/kmerenkov)
Moscow, Russia

Padlock Tree Park

Dozens of padlock-trees along the Moscow River.
55.7447, 37.6180
Broken section of the bell.
Moscow, Russia

Tsar Bell

World's largest bell sits on the grounds of the Kremlin in Moscow.
55.7517, 37.6183
A view of Lenin.
Moscow, Russia

Lenin's Mausoleum

Embalmed remains of the leader of the Bolshevik Revolution.
55.7532, 37.6215
Moscow, Russia

Romanov Boyar Residence

Home of the future Emperors of Russia.
55.7527, 37.6293
Moscow, Russia

Lubyanka

Former headquarters of the KGB.
55.7599, 37.6259
The Constitution
Vilnius, Lithuania

Republic of Uzupis

This micro-nation may be some sort of prank, but its constitution sure seems official.
54.6804, 25.2938
Valle dei Mulini
Sorrento, Italy

Valle dei Mulini (Valley of the Mills)

An Italian crevasse filled with abandoned buildings gives visitors a look at the world without humans.
40.6247, 14.3756
Civita di Bagnoregio
Civita, Italy

Civita di Bagnoregio

This quaint Italian town keeps losing ground as the sides of its plateau slowly erode.
42.6278, 12.1140
Bärnbach, Austria

Church of St. Barbara

Bizarrely-painted church designed by a controversial artist.
47.0701, 15.1260
Staring up at the chapel from the bottom of Bom Jesus do Monte's tiered stairs
Braga, Portugal

Bom Jesus do Monte

A stunning 18th-century site where pilgrims ascend by a series of punishing stairs only to return via funicular.
41.5546, -8.3775
Pena National Palace
Sintra, Portugal

Pena National Palace

This unreal Portuguese palace looks as though it's made from a pile of different castles.
38.7876, -9.3906
Santa Justa Lift
Lisbon, Portugal

Santa Justa Lift

This Industrial Age architectural and engineering gem helps visitors and residents alike traverse Lisbon, “The City of Seven Hills.”
38.7121, -9.1394
Proudy
Prague, Czechia

Proudy

This automated sculpture of two men peeing will spell out text messages with their micturition.
50.0881, 14.4103
La Pera, Spain

The Gala Dalí Castle

Of course Salvador Dalí lived in a castle...
42.0153, 2.9821