50 Seriously Amazing And Weird Places You Never Knew Existed

By Sarah Norman | September 12, 2023

A Spectacular On the Water Stage Built for the 2002 Bregenz Performing Arts Festival in Austria

If the human imagination can dream it, architects and builders can construct it! From the humble to the extravagant, there is no limit to the uniqueness and creativity of buildings found around the world. In this collection of photographs, we explore some of the coolest, strangest, and most spectacular architecture in the world. 

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They’re so extra! The Bregenz Festival “Opera on the Lake”, which began in Austria in 1946, has earned a reputation for building some of the most spectacular and elaborate stages ever constructed…and they float on Lake Constance. This photograph shows the set for Guiseppe Verdi’s “A Masked Ball” which was performed for crowds of 6,800 people a night during the 2002 theatrical season. The Bregenz Festival has performed many of the world’s best loved operas, all on huge, over-the-top stage sets. As you can imagine, there are challenges to constructing stage sets of this size and complexity…and outdoors ON WATER…yet the festival continues to outdo itself year after year. 

The Mysterious Stonehenge as Seen in 1867

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Even in 1867, the strange stone monoliths on England’s Salisbury Plain, attracted visitors. Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument, consists of a ring of giant boulders standing about 13 feet high and weighing approximately 25 tons. Although researchers and archaeologists have learned much about Stonehenge since this photograph was taken, there are still more questions than answers. Why was the monument erected? How were the stones quarried and transported? How long did it take to built Stonehenge?