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Municipal heating plant, Vienna
Vienna, Austria

Hundertwasser's Odd Architecture

Op-art architecture designed for happiness
48.2085, 16.3945
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods

Strange red rock formations that have been attributed to a higher power for hundreds of years
38.8784, -104.8698
The Canada France Hawaii Telescope.
Hawaii, Hawaii

Mauna Kea

Earth's tallest volcano is home to a dozen world-class observatories
19.8244, -155.4733
One of the 13 entrances of the complex
Vĩnh Thạch, Vietnam

Vịnh Mốc Tunnel Complex

This network of tunnels housed an entire village for years, and even had a hall for screening movies.
17.0743, 107.1098
New Delhi, India

Iron pillar of Delhi

An ancient iron pillar in Delhi which seems to be rust proof
28.6353, 77.2250
A statue of Gandhi at Gandhi Smriti.
New Delhi, India

Gandhi Smriti

Time has stopped at the house where Gandhi died.
28.6020, 77.2153
The abandoned Mughal fortress, Fatehpur Sikri.
Fatehpur Sikri, India

Fatehpur Sikri

An imperial fortress city that incorporated cultural elements from the entire Mughal empire, only to be abandoned the year it was finished.
27.0945, 77.6679
Gunnuhver, Iceland's biggest hot spring.
Iceland

Gunnuhver

Iceland's largest hot spring is a little bit haunted and a little bit dangerous.
63.8193, -22.6852
Château Frontenac
Québec City, Canada

Château Frontenac

This lovely, if imposing, piece of Canadian gothic is possibly the most photographed hotel in the world
46.8119, -71.2063
"Transcendence" by Masayuki Nagare.
San Francisco, California

Banker's Heart

A shining, cold, black organ lies in San Francisco's financial district.
37.7923, -122.4037
Reverse shot
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

The Arch of Cabo San Lucas

A graceful natural rock formation stands astride the point where the Gulf of California meets the Pacific Ocean
22.8760, -109.8947
Uig, Scotland

Fairy Glen

This dramatic landscape hidden on the Isle of Skye looks as though you've stepped into the magical realm.
57.5826, -6.3253
Montevideo, Uruguay

Palacio Salvo

The design of the Palacio Salvo has been described as "a lighthouse on top of a building"
-34.9036, -56.1806
The museum is really an interactive bakery.
Poznań, Poland

St. Martin’s Croissant Museum

The traditional polish croissant, folded 81 times into the shape of a horseshoe, is a legally protected cultural treat.
52.4084, 16.9349
North Cape (a/k/a Nordkapp), Land of the Norwegian midnight sun
Nordkapp, Norway

North Cape, Norway

At the very tippity-top of Europe is a cliff from which you can view the midnight sun
71.1849, 25.6759
Original cemetery, now abandoned
Longyearbyen, Norway

Longyearbyen

In the northernmost city in the world, it's illegal to be buried because it’s too cold for bodies to decompose.
78.2232, 15.6267
San Francisco, California

Camera Obscura & Holograph Collection

A walk-in working camera obscura produces 360-degree live images of the San Francisco coast.
37.7783, -122.5142
Focusing on the Church dome across the way
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain

Camera Obscura at the Alcazar of Jerez de la Frontera

The effect of this ancient form of image projection situated atop an 11th century Moorish palace is thrilling.
36.6811, -6.1400
Santa Monica, California

Santa Monica Camera Obscura

An offbeat angle on the ocean viewed through an antiquated lens
34.0128, -118.4970
Phar Lap's heart at the National Museum of Australia.
Acton, Australia

Phar Lap's Heart

The gigantic preserved heart of a champion racehorse.
-35.2933, 149.1209
Detail of the Mini Monument
Washington, D.C.

Washington Mini Monument

There's a 12-foot-tall replica of the Washington Monument hidden under a manhole nearby.
38.8891, -77.0352
Montezuma Castle National Monument
Yavapai County, Arizona

Montezuma Castle

Ninety feet off the valley floor is an ancient dwelling put under protection of the U.S. government by Teddy Roosevelt.
34.6116, -111.8351
Originally a high school, Tuol Seng was converted into a high security prison.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Tuol Sleng

Khmer Rouge's high security prison
11.5496, 104.9175
One of the many gruesome dioramas.
London, England

The London Dungeon

One part local history and 99 parts gruesome haunted house.
51.5025, -0.1188