Atlas of Improbable Places : A Journey to the World’s Most Unusual Corners
by Travis Elborough
Editor: AURUM PRESS
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Inspiring urban explorers and travelers to consider a new way of understanding the world in which we live, this unique atlas shows you the modern world surprising new points of viewHidden dens under layers of rock, forgotten cities on the rise on abandoned lands and even humanity’s own exploits of engineering lie eccentricity in the most unusual of destinationsGo in search of the dark and bizarre, beautiful and discord, take in the renegade relics of ancient cities such as the Ani, once thriving metropolis lost to conquered lands, and the tower of the church of San Juan Parangaricuto, which miraculously presents itself as the only survivor of a city, flooded by lavaThrough the labyrinths of Berlin and Beijing – underground kingdoms dug for refuge, espionage and even, like Canada Moose Jaw, used as a playground for gangsters trading alcohol and money on cards – never forget the monsters and wonders of the unusual nature of masterpieces: the magical underground river shaped dragon, theWith beautiful maps and superb photography illustrating each destination, Atlas of Unlikely Places is a fascinating journey into the world’s most incredible destinations.As the Dolls Island and the title of the Gate of Hell – an unquenchable fire pit – attest, the mystery is never far awayThe truths and myths behind their creation are as varied as the destinations themselvesStanding as symbols of worship, wills to royalties or even the strange and wonderful traditions of the old and the new, these most curious places are not only extraordinary views but reflections on man’s relationship with the world around us
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