The Markawasi stone forest in the Andes Mountains, a sacred place filled with mysterious boulders shaped like animals and human faces, is said to contain a dimensional door. In one account, a traveler accidentally crossed-over and discovered an other-worldly stone cabin lit by torches and inhabited by dancers in 17th century attire. Upon returning to our world, she was paralyzed on her left side.
The Björketorp runestone in Sweden is famous for being among the tallest in the world—and the ancient curse inscribed on it. The monument’s purpose is unknown, but the curse is clear: destroy the stone and be doomed, like the farmer who was burned alive trying to remove it. Image: Sveriges Montelius, 1877
Al-Khazneh, or The Treasury, is a massive temple carved out of a sandstone rock face in Petra, Jordan and built in 1 AD. Originally a built as a mausoleum and crypt, the statues that grace the opening are of mythological figures related to the underworld.