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Jaipur, India

Jantar Mantar

The world's largest sundial, made entirely out of stone
26.9246, 75.8242
Bones from the former Magdeleine cemetery (La Ville Leveque Street numbers 1 and 2). Deposited in 1844 in the western ossuary (bone repository) and transferred to the catacombs in September 1859.
Paris, France

Catacombes de Paris

The Catacombs hold secrets much stranger than the bones stacked within them
48.8343, 2.3322
336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul
41.0087, 28.9778
Denizli, Turkey

Pamukkale Water Terraces

Roman ruins top white travertine terraces formed by ancient hot springs
37.7735, 29.0865
Jars scattered throughout the area
Phonsavan, Laos

Plain of Jars

Believed to have once stored either human remains or rice wine, thousands of mysterious stone jars lie in ruin
19.4600, 103.1800
Port Arthur Penitentiary
Port Arthur, Australia

Port Arthur Penal Colony

Relics of Australia's convict past, and a modern scene of unimaginable horror
-43.1471, 147.8426
Eaglehawk Neck, Australia

Eaglehawk Neck Tessellated Pavement

Extraordinary geology resembles man made pavement
-43.0143, 147.9247
Bicheno Blowhole. (Prasit Mankad/Flickr)
Bicheno, Australia

Bicheno Blowhole

Granite rocks that concentrate waves into powerful jets
-41.8746, 148.3037
Eucalyptus regnans surrounding the Styx River. (Wikimedia Commons)
Styx, Australia

Styx Valley Forest

Rainforest filled with record-holding eucalyptus
-42.8110, 146.6739
Wineglass Bay. (prasitmankad/Flickr)
Freycinet, Australia

Wineglass Bay

One of the best beaches in the entire world
-42.1995, 148.3217
The region of Cappadocia (Capadokya) is located in central Turkey, and is the setting for one of the strangest landscapes in the world. The deep valleys and soaring rock formations are volcanic rock formations, slowing eroding away to create the strange "Fairy Chimneys" (so called because locals thought they were so magical and extraordinary that only fairies could have created them). Many of these fairy chimneys have been hollowed out by industrious ancient people, who created homes, chapels, tombs and pigeon houses from the soft, carve-able rock. They also tunneled below, creating underground cities, some 8 stories down.
Aksaray Merkez, Turkey

Cappadocia

Entire cities carved into ancient volcanic rock formations
38.4174, 34.1382
(Flickr/goldlionpics)
Kemer, Turkey

Olympos Coastal National Park

Roman ruins, natural methane fires and a lovely beach
36.3965, 30.4752
Steps leading up to rooms in the hotel
Ayvalı, Turkey

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Live a night as a Byzantine King, with a minibar and private jacuzzi
38.5473, 34.8693
Sheffield, Australia

Tasmania's 'Town of Murals'

The once-dying town of Sheffield, Tasmania has reinvented itself as a village of painted wonders
-41.3822, 146.3248
Verul, India

Ellora Caves

This complex of vertically-excavated Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu monolithic temples in India's Maharashtra providence illustrates a spirit of tolerance characteristic of ancient India.
20.0229, 75.1792
The lakes are known for their deep blue waters (Wikimedia Commons)
Yakawlang, Afghanistan

Band-e Amir Lakes

Splashes of blue in an otherwise monotonous lunar landscape
34.8387, 67.2326
Ansons Bay, Australia

Bay of Fires

Aqua white sand highlighted with fiery red rocks
-41.1295, 148.2845
Tasman Island, Australia

Cape Pillar Sea Cliffs

The tallest sea cliffs on the Southern Hemisphere are a climber's worst nightmare
-43.2214, 148.0074
Jaipur, India

Palace of Winds

The 953 windows undoubtedly make this the world's most beautiful screened porch
26.9124, 75.7873