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Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Kiev, Ukraine

While the conflict between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front during World War II were part of the larger narrative of the war, they also took on a singular identity as a private war unto themselves. The tellingly-named Museum...Show More Summary

The Wolf's Lair in Ketrzyn, Poland

Hidden deep in a Polish forest, the remains of the Nazi stronghold known as The Wolf's Lair (Wolfsschanze) are slowly being reclaimed by nature, but the room where Operation Valkyrie nearly blew up Hitler with a suitcase bomb can still be found. Show More Summary

Cave-In-Rock in Cave-In-Rock, Illinois

Located in a state park bearing its name, in a village that does as well, Cave-In-Rock is now a fairly peaceful public park feature, but it actually has a storied history of gambling, prostitution, piracy, murder, and general villainy. Show More Summary

Rosh HaNikra Grottoes in Rosh HaNikra, Israel

Located on the coast near the border to Lebanon, Israel's Rosh HaNikra Grottoes are a popular nature site that was once only available to divers, but thanks to the installation of the world's steepest cable car, anyone can come and see the incredibly blue waters of these natural caves. Show More Summary

Fort Proctor in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana

Looking like the remains of some lost kingdom, the castle-like Fort Proctor in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana rises up out of the shallow waters of Lake Borgne, actually dating back only to the Civil War. But rather than being a base that was abandoned after being routed, this stronghold was never even used. Show More Summary

Hotel Monte Palace in São Miguel, Portugal

Perched on an isolated mountaintop in the Azores, the Hotel Monte Palace is the dead-eyed shell of a former five-star hotel that only seemed to operate for a couple of years before simply being abandoned. Built in the 1980s as a speculative...Show More Summary

Museé Fragonard in Maisons-Alfort, France

Founded in 1766, the Fragonard Museum is one of the oldest museums in France. Honoré Fragonard was one of the first medical masters of France, and his extensive collection contains rooms devoted to anatomy and teratology, articulated animal skeletons, and to disease and pathology. Show More Summary

C. O. Bigelow Apothecary in New York, New York

Tucked away in Manhattan's Greenwich Village, a small establishment prepares and dispenses their own range of cure-alls and remedies just as they have everyday since 1838. C. O. Bigelow Apothecary is America's oldest operating apothecary. Show More Summary

Leaning Towers of Santos in Santos, Brazil

Looking at a picture of Santos, Brazil's waterfront skyline something seems just a bit off. It is not always immediately apparent, but with more than a cursory look one will notice that a large portion of the buildings seem to be leaning frighteningly to one side. Show More Summary

Tromelin Island in Tromelin Island , Madagascar

Tromelin Island, off the coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean is little more than a speck of sand covered in low-lying scrub plants, but miraculously, a group of more than 60 illegal slaves were able to survive (some of them at least) for over 15 years after being shipwrecked and left for dead. Show More Summary

The Burmis Tree in Bellevue, Canada

Despite being dead since the 1970s, Alberta's so-called Burmis Tree still stands in the same spot it has for the past 700 or so years, maintained since its death by a devoted locals who see the tree as a monument to a town gone by. The...Show More Summary

Doyden Castle in Port Quin, England

Sitting alone atop an isolated windblown English hill, Doyden Castle was created to be a secluded stronghold of sin where one wealthy businessman and his friends could get as debauched as they wanted to, the historic mini-castle is now a bucolic holiday home. Show More Summary

Ordensburg Vogelsang in Morsbach, Germany

Built in 1934, the squat, brutalist castle known as Ordensburg Vogelsang was to be a militaristic college meant to train the Nazi leaders of the future, but after the war, the building was simply an architectural hot potato covered in swastikas. Show More Summary

Serpent D'Océan in Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, France

Stuck in a perpetual state of decay on the French shore at Saint-Brevin-les-Pins, the massive metal sculpture entitled, Serpent D'Océan is a terrifying vision with an environmental message. The skeletal serpent was unveiled in 2012 as...Show More Summary

RAF Stenigot in Stenigot, England

A Royal Air Force Radar Station in operation between 1938-1955, RAF Stenigot was a vital piece of a communications network that prevented both German attacks during World War II and Russian airstrikes in the years following, but toady the disused dishes simply rust away as enormous relics of wars gone by. Show More Summary

Viaduct Petrobras in São Sebastião, Brazil

As though it was miraculously transported from a more urban area, the abandoned Viaduct Petrobras rises out of the lush South American jungle, a testament to mismanaged government spending. Construction on the Rio-Santos Highway began in the 1960s and by 1976 the stretch of road was due to be linked to the existing highway. Show More Summary

Cragside in Northumberland , United States

From its inception, Cragside England's manor was a sophisticated example of Victorian engineering with a various kinds of running water able to pump directly to faucets in the house, but it was the development of the first hydroelectric set-up that put this ornate mansion on the map. Show More Summary

Salt Pans of Maras in Maras, Peru

Fed by a small local stream, the field of angular, interlocking earthen evaporation pools near the small Peruvian town of Maras has been providing the local inhabitants with salt and visitors with a stunning background for over a century. Show More Summary

Frances H. and Jonathan Drake House in Leominster, Massachusetts

Sitting in the middle of an ordinary neighborhood just outside of downtown Leominster, Massachusetts sits a former home of a well known abolitionist couple who purpose built a hidden trap door in their front room as a stop on the Underground Railroad. Show More Summary

Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Indiana

Sitting on a gleaming hatch-work wooden floor that could have served just as well in a swanky 1920s ballroom, the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum collection is a stunning set of antique cars that were all made by hand in an era when style trumped utility. Show More Summary

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