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Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion
George Town, Malaysia

Cheong Fatt Tze's Blue Mansion

Once the private home of China’s most legendary tycoon, getting inside this stunning mansion no longer requires an elite pedigree or acts of daring.
5.4213, 100.3353
Ko Tapu islet in front of the Khao Phing Kan islands in the Phang Nga Bay.
ambon Kalai, Thailand

Ko Ta Pu (James Bond Island)

A tall karst islet popularized by 007.
8.2754, 98.5006
The 272 steps to the main cave, guarded by Murugan
Batu Caves, Malaysia

Batu Caves

Holy Hindu shrine in an enormous, monkey-filled limestone cavern.
3.2419, 101.6868
(Flickr/DoNotLick)
Ngong Ping, Hong Kong

Tian Tan Buddha

Valley in Hong Kong holds a tranquil Buddha that wants your money.
22.2526, 113.8997
European architechture mixes with traditional Chinese iconography throughout the area.
Shanghai, China

Shanghai French Concession

An out-of-place slice of France, smack in the middle of Shanghai.
31.2096, 121.4693
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
The crumbling remnants of the home where an exiled Trotsky lived from 1929 to 1933
Adalar, Turkey

Büyükada

Over the centuries, this island paradise has done it all, from providing monks with ecclesiastical respite to sheltering an exiled Leon Trotsky.
40.8521, 29.1197
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
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
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
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
The relief that saved the monastery from Mongols
Yeghegnadzor, Armenia

Noravank Monastery

Nestled in a peaceful valley, this Armenian monastery may have been saved from Mongols thanks to the eyes of God.
39.6841, 45.2329
Areni-1 Cave Complex
Areni, Armenia

Areni-1 Cave Complex

This series of Armenian caves held the oldest brain, shoe, and winery in the world.
39.7314, 45.2036
Khor Virap Monastery
Lusarat, Armenia

Khor Virap Monastery

The most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia once held a saint in a pit for 13 years.
39.8783, 44.5761
Preparations for the Brocken Experiment, June 18th 1932
Wernigerode, Germany

The Brocken

On the highest peak in the Harz Mountains, science and the occult faced off in a failed attempt to turn a goat into a boy.
51.7994, 10.6130
London, England

Platform 9 3/4

Kings Cross Station pays tribute to its role in Britain's best-selling book series.
51.5322, -0.1240
The Morpeth Arms is now a regular pub, with a dark history below ground.
London, England

The Morpeth Arms

A historic London pub with prison cells in the cellar and a "spy room" on the second floor.
51.4893, -0.1289
the Monty Python foot
London, England

The Monty Python Foot

The television series' iconic giant foot was borrowed from this classical painting.
51.5089, -0.1283
London, England

Pelicans of St James's Park

Giant, friendly pelicans in Central London, the most unlikely of places.
51.5029, -0.1301
Monument to the Battle of the Nations
Leipzig, Germany

Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations)

This incredible stone temple is a monument to death, victory, and fantasy architecture.
51.3223, 12.3944
Teufelsmauer (The Devil's Wall).
Blankenburg (Harz), Germany

Teufelsmauer (The Devil's Wall)

A strange rock formation with numerous legends trying to explain it.
51.7865, 10.9668
Bielefeld
Bielefeld, Germany

Bielefeld Conspiracy

According to a satirical conspiracy theory that persists today, this German city of 300,000 is a hoax invented by the CIA.
52.0302, 8.5325
Thousand-Year Rose
Hildesheim, Germany

The Thousand-Year Rose

The world's oldest rose is so tough it survived being bombed in World War II.
52.1483, 9.9465
Bosco Verticale
Milan, Italy

Bosco Verticale

Two very green residential towers cleaning the air in one of Europe's most polluted cities.
45.4838, 9.1929