Greek Orthodox monks built 20 monasteries atop rock pillars at Meteora (Thessaly - Central Greece) overlooking the Thessalian Plain, from the 10th to the 16th century, in order to get away from Byzantine politics and raiding Turks. The thing that makes Meteora so special is the monasteries on the top of the rock towers. This place is something like monasteries kingdom.
Poland's Mysterious Crooked Forest: In a tiny corner of western Poland a forest of about 400 pine trees grow with a 90 degree bend at the base of their trunks - all bent northward. Surrounded by a larger forest of straight growing pine trees this collection of curved trees, or "Crooked Forest," is a mystery.