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The pipes on the bunker.
Vlissingen, Netherlands

Vlissingen Wind Organ

A set of 27 bamboo tubes creates an eerie soundscape that changes with the wind.
51.4492, 3.5520
Istanbul, Turkey


Large miniature theme park with 100-plus models.
41.0594, 28.9489
Istanbul, Turkey

Panorama 1453 Museum

Step back in time and witness the fall of Constantinople.
41.0180, 28.9204
Istanbul, Turkey

Minyatür’s Nautical Instruments

Turkish adventurer antiques in the heart of the Grand Bazaar.
41.0108, 28.9685
Uniforms, plaques and paraphernalia from the Orient Express
Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul Railway Museum at Sirkeci Terminal

The legendary luxury train passage is commemorated with a charming museum inside its former eastern terminus.
41.0152, 28.9771
Flora Han.
Fatih, Turkey

Flora Han

An Art Nouveau gem hides beneath the layers of city grime obscuring this once-magnificent building.
41.0143, 28.9748
Serpent column with the Obelisk of Theodosius in the background.
Istanbul, Turkey

Serpent Column

Ancient serpentine sacrifice holder that has stood the test of time.
41.0056, 28.9751
Obelisk of Theodosius
Istanbul, Turkey

Obelisk of Theodosius

This remarkably well-preserved Egyptian plinth is pretty well traveled for a giant piece of stone.
41.0059, 28.9754
Istanbul, Turkey

Kaiser Wilhelm Fountain

A fountain standing as a testament to a doomed alliance.
41.0071, 28.9767
Inside the tomb of Sultan Selim II
Istanbul, Turkey

Tombs of the Sultans at Hagia Sophia

Five sultans and their families rest in eternal splendor, teeming with overlooked beauty and drama.
41.0086, 28.9802
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
Tombs of Darius I the Great, Xerxes I, Artaxerxes, and, Darius II.

Naqsh-e Rustam

The ancient necropolis houses the immense rock-cut tombs of four Persian kings.
29.9887, 52.8746
Orava Castle
Oravský Podzámok, Slovakia

Orava Castle

The 700-year-old fortress was the site of Count Orlok's castle in "Nosferatu."
49.2618, 19.3586
Lut Desert yardangs.
Kerman, Iran

Lut Desert (Dasht-e Lut)

The hottest, driest, and most scenic desert on Earth.
30.8701, 57.9563
Skrunda 1
Lidumnieki, Latvia


This abandoned secret city is a crumbling wonderland of Soviet ruins.
56.7275, 21.9954
Freud's Dream Museum.
Saint Petersburg, Russia

Freud's Dream Museum

Dark, eerie exhibits make for a surreal exploration of the subconscious.
59.9553, 30.2944
The pillar of shame.
Zadar, Croatia

Pillar of Shame

Now harmless, this looming post struck fear into the heart of medieval troublemakers.
44.1159, 15.2239
Komsomolskaya station.
Moscow, Russia

Moscow Metro Stations

The gorgeous entrances into the city's underbelly look more like grand halls than subway stops.
55.7763, 37.6558
Most of the miracles are associated with this main cross.
Žytkavicki rajon, Belarus

Stone Crosses of Turov

The centuries-old crosses "growing" in the cemetery are steeped in local lore and are believed to have healing powers.
52.0707, 27.7172
Concentric circles mark the alleged center of the world.
Ludbreg, Croatia

Ludbreg's 'Center of the World'

Colorful concentric circles honor a small Croatian town's supposed spot at the nucleus of it all.
46.2494, 16.6180
Just the sight of the arrow-shaped fortress intimidated would-be attackers.
Šibenik, Croatia

St. Nicholas Fortress

Large, airy hallways hide within an impenetrable fortress that beckons urban explorers.
43.7216, 15.8546
La Tour-de-Peilz castle.
Lac Léman, Switzerland

Swiss Museum of Games

A Swiss board game museum housed inside a picture-perfect castle.
46.4527, 6.8547
Golden cobblestones represent children born under a full moon.
Lausanne, Switzerland

The Births of the Full Moon

A constellation of golden cobblestones shows the names of local children born under a full moon.
46.5201, 6.6332
Noora, the new main building of the National Archives of Estonia.
Tartu, Estonia


The labyrinthine home of the National Archives of Estonia is an experimental blend of architecture, art, and history.
58.3656, 26.6928