All over the world, you can find amazing architecture, pretty properties, and stunning sculptures. And then there are structures that are big, bold, and beautiful, and sitting in the middle of nowhere, making them stand out even more.
The 10 that are listed below are all unique and special in their own ways. Some are well-known buildings that tourists travel miles to see, while others are more obscure examples that are not as popular. Just imagine being in a remote spot and then coming up on one of these… How incredible! Here are 10 structures in the middle of nowhere that you don't want to miss.
10 Cancún Underwater Museum
The Cancún Underwater Museum is exactly what it sounds like. Near Cancún and underwater, there are 500 sculptures, and most of these were created by Jason deCaires Taylor. The museum, which opened in 2010, is a tourist attraction, as well as a way to help save coral reefs.
Statues, such as a little girl and a man and a dog at a desk, show off the positive and negative impacts humans can have on the environment, and these works of art, along with sunken ships and cars, provide new places where coral can grow.
9 Prada Marfa
Another piece of artwork is Prada Marfa, which can be found near Marfa, Texas. It's a permanently installed sculpture that was created by Elmgreen and Dragset and that has been around since 2005. It looks like an actual Prada store, as there are even shoes and handbags (from the fall/winter collection of 2005) in the two windows.
However, this isn't a real shop. It's art, and it suddenly just appears when travelers are driving down a desert highway, surrounded by only neutral and natural elements.
8 Tethered Aerostat Radar System
In the same area, there is a Tethered Aerostat Radar System. This is one of eight in the southern part of the U.S., and these are actually radar systems that are used by federal agencies for surveillance and, specifically, when it comes to drug interdiction programs.
In the ‘80s, the U.S. Customs Service used aerostats in the fight against illegal drug trafficking, and now, one can be seen near Marfa, Texas. Yes, while driving through the desert, people will see a blimp on the ground, and this is a drug surveillance system!
7 Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex
Another official structure that existed for an important reason is the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex. This was a group of military facilities in North Dakota, and it was part of the U.S. Army's Safeguard anti-ballistic missile program. This complex was used in 1975, yet it was decommissioned the same year and called ineffective.
Still, this pyramid-like piece can be seen by travelers today, out in a remote area of North Dakota.
6 Chiesetta di San Giovanni
In Italy, people can find the Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui. This is a little church that is situated on a closed farm, but it is open to the public and is even used for parties and such.
The style of this building could be described as baroque, and it has several distinct features, such as a bell tower, an inscription with a date of 1744, a marble altar and paintings and a fresco of saints. This quaint church becomes even more magical since it's located in a wide green field with mountains behind it.
5 Katskhi Pillar
In the country of Georgia, the Katskhi pillar came be found. It a limestone structure that is situated over a small river valley, and it is known as the Pillar of Life. This structure has been around since the 9th or 10th century, and it was used for religious purposes.
Up top, there is a church, a crypt, three hermit cells, and a wine cellar. At the bottom, there is a new church and belfry ruins. Since it sits up high in the sky, it certainly belongs on this list!
4 Bombay Beach
Bombay Beach can be found in the deserts of California, near the Salton Sea. This community sits 223 feet below sea level and has a population of about 300 people… and it is filled with ruins, as well as art.
There are abandoned homes and wrecked ships littering the area and covered in graffiti. Over the years, artists decided to add some pops to the town, such as the Bombay Beach Drive-In art installation and the Toy House, which is covered in, yes, toys.
3 Salvation Mountain
Not too far away (and also in California) is Salvation Mountain. This is a one-of-a-kind structure that is always posted about on social media and always part of lists of roadside attractions.
It's made out of adobe and straw, and it's covered in thousands of gallons of paint; there are murals, bible verses, and secret areas to walk through, which are covered with every color of the rainbow and which look like something out of Alice in Wonderland. In the middle of the desert, this bright and iconic mountain is certainly something to see.
2 Eltz Castle
Many castles, especially in Europe, can be found out in the middle of nowhere, and these buildings are definitely big, bold and beautiful. One example is the Eltz Castle, which has been in the same family since the 12th century.
It's situated in the hills, 230 feet high, and surrounded by rivers. It looks like something that is straight out of a fairytale, and once again, its location helps in making it such a stand-out piece on this planet.
1 Neuschwanstein Castle
Additionally, there is the Neuschwanstein Castle, which is a very popular sight to see in Europe and which is also located in Germany. This impressive building has been around since the 1800s, and over one million people travel to see it each year.
It's another structure that is built up around bodies of water, trees, and hills, so it stands out amongst the natural landscape, like a home built just for a Disney princess.