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A locally made sign points the way to the complex.
Rishikesh, India

Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

The abandoned site of the Beatles spiritual awakening and subsequent revolt.
30.1124, 78.3112
The Tower of Silence in Yazd
Yazd, Iran

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence

Putrefaction plateaus in Iran, where the dead were sent for decontamination before going to their final resting place.
31.8220, 54.3569
(Flickr/Picolo121)
Isfahan, Iran

Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque

17th century mosque for Shah Abbas' harem.
32.6514, 51.6792
Troglodyte dwellings in Iran's village of Kandovan.
Mianeh, Iran

Troglodyte Village of Kandovan

Modern-day cave dwellers carve elaborate homes out of volcanic debris.
37.5981, 47.8289
The ruins of Persepolis
Fars Province, Iran

The ruins of Persepolis

The palace of the King of Kings, burned by Alexander the Great.
29.9349, 52.8902
Amna Suraka Prison
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq

Amna Suraka Prison

A bloody history is captured in this prison turned museum.
35.5634, 45.4260
Varlaam Monastery
Kalabaka, Greece

Meteora

Monasteries on rock pillars, once accessible only by frayed ropes.
39.7142, 21.6311
(Flickr/almasudi)
Goght, Armenia

Geghard Monastery

Armenian monastery carved out of cliffs and named after the spear that stabbed Jesus.
40.1403, 44.8051
Garni, Armenia

Garni Gorge

A geological oddity topped with a temple.
40.1123, 44.7303
Kars, Turkey

Monument to Humanity, Kars

Unfinished monument to peace between Turkey and Armenia, long divided by a dispute over genocide.
40.5927, 43.0778
Ocaklı Köyü, Turkey

Ani Ghost City

An abused and forgotten metropolis, abandoned for centuries.
40.5075, 43.5728
Fairy Chimneys
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

Entire cities carved into ancient volcanic rock formations.
38.4174, 34.1382
Ruins of statue heads (Flickr/B Evershed)
Kayadere, Turkey

Nemrut Dagi

Mausoleum and Holy Seat of Antiochus I of Commagene.
37.9804, 38.7422
Sarışeyh, Turkey

Gobekli Tepe

Hunter-gatherer architecture believed to be the oldest religious complex known.
37.2735, 38.9180
Urfa - Balikli Lake (Sacred Lake)
Urfa, Turkey

Balikli Gol

A sacred lake with thousands of sacred carp and a biblical history.
37.1474, 38.7845
Kruunuvuori
Helsinki, Finland

Kruunuvuori

Villas that once served as playgrounds for the rich now fall away in decay.
60.1708, 25.0114
Prague, Czechia

Prague Astronomical Clock

Macabre astrological automaton clock dating to the late 1400s.
50.0870, 14.4208
Paris, France

Shakespeare and Company

Bookstore serves double duty as "Tumbleweed Hotel."
48.8526, 2.3471
Tower of Hercules
Galicia, Spain

Tower of Hercules

The oldest Roman lighthouse still in use.
43.3859, -8.4067
The shadow pilgrim
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Shadow Pilgrim

An accidental trick of light casts the perfect shadow of a pilgrim of the Camino de Santiago against the cathedral wall.
42.8806, -8.5437
Madrid, Spain

Fountain of the Fallen Angel

A monument to Satan in the same country that gave us the Inquisition.
40.4111, -3.6825
The temple by night
Madrid, Spain

Templo de Debod

An ancient Egyptian temple in the middle of Madrid, Spain.
40.4253, -3.7173
The aqueduct at night.
Segovia, Spain

Segovia Aqueduct

One of the few remaining ancient aqueducts described by Frontinus as 'the most solemn testimony of the Empire.'
40.9480, -4.1178
Astronaut carving in the Salamanca new cathedral.
Salamanca, Spain

Cathedral of Salamanca's Astronaut

The Cathedral of Salamanca has a number of unusual carvings but none so surprising as a modern astronaut.
40.9650, -5.6630