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Boltaşlı, Cyprus

Panagia Kanakaria

This abandoned church was the site of one of the biggest art heists of the past decades.
Garden Grove, California

Christ Cathedral (Crystal Cathedral)

Megachurch turned Catholic church comprised of 10,000 glass panes.
Irvine, California

Orange Balloon

One of the largest helium balloons in the U.S. is a 112-foot ginormous orange.
Tustin, California

Tustin Blimp Hangar #2

This enormous World War II relic is one of the largest wooden structures in the world.
Newport Beach, California

Fashion Island Wind Chimes

These were the largest wind chimes in the world when artist Tom Van Sant created them for a California mall in 1967.
Newport Beach, California

The Frozen Banana Stands of Balboa Island

Try the frozen treat that inspired Arrested Development's famous banana stand.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

American Banjo Museum

Very likely the only museum in the world that celebrates the glory of the humble banjo.
Bronx, New York

Cafe al Mercato

Seriously good slices of Sicilian pizza lurk at the back of the Bronx's oldest enclosed market.
Houyet, Belgium

Halte Royal d'Ardenne

The private train station King Leopold II built for the Belgian royal family now lies abandoned.
Soroca, Moldova

Gypsy Hill

Elaborate mansions built by Roma residents in Soroca to show their success after centuries of discrimination.
Butuceny, Moldova

Orheiul Vechi Cave Monastery

This 13th century Orthodox monastery is built right into the Moldovan cliffside.
Tiraspol, Moldova

Transnistria

A forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union, Transnistria is an unrecognized country hidden behind a heavily militarized border between Moldova and Ukraine.
Cricova, Moldova

Wine Cellars of Cricova

Seventy-five miles of limestone caves host more than a million bottles of wine beneath a sleepy Moldovan town.
Chisinau, Moldova

Chisinau State Circus

This abandoned Soviet circus is slowly being restored to its Communist-era glory.
Moldova

'Welcome to Gagauzia' Sign

This sign marks the entrance to a tiny proto-state within the small country of Moldova.
Pripyat, Ukraine

Abandoned City of Pripyat

The ghost town left by the worst nuclear disaster of all time is being taken over by nature and urban explorers.
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin General Post Office

The modern birthplace of Irish freedom.
Dublin, Ireland

Fr. Pat Noise Memorial Plaque

A mysterious plaque to the even more mysterious "Fr. Pat Noise," killed in "suspicious circumstances."
Meath, Ireland

Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre

This center tells the story of one of the most famous battles in Irish history.
Larne, Northern Ireland

The Armada Tree

This gnarled old tree supposedly sprouted from seeds kept in the pocket of a 16th-century Spanish sailor.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Launch Site of the Titanic

A museum marks and documents the site of the Titanic's launch.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Samson and Goliath

These engineering masterpieces are a dominant feature of the Belfast skyline.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

SS Nomadic

The ship built to ferry passengers and goods to the doomed Titanic is now the last remaining White Star Line vessel.
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast Peace Lines

These barriers stand as stark reminders of Northern Ireland's troubled past.