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336 ancient columns
Istanbul, Turkey

Basilica Cisterns of Istanbul

A marvel of Byzantine engineering under the streets of Istanbul.
41.0084, 28.9779
Fairy Chimneys
Aksaray, Turkey

Cappadocia

Entire cities carved into ancient volcanic rock formations.
38.4174, 34.1382
(Flickr/Carlos Affonso)
Qesm Saint Katrin, Egypt

St. Catherine's Monastery

Charnel house at the foot of Mount Sinai.
28.6683, 34.0656
A grand facade in Serjilla (Flickr/Laura and Fulvio's photos)
Balshoon, Syria

Dead City of Serjilla

1500-year-old ghost settlement slowly faded away.
35.6716, 36.5843
Kayakoy, Turkey
Kayaköy, Turkey

Abandoned Village of Kayakoy

A Turkish ghost town abandoned in a population exchange with Greece.
36.5734, 29.0885
6th Century Image of Saint Simeon
Syria

Church of Saint Simeon the Stylite

What is left of the pillar of Saint Simeon, the voluntary martyr who climbed the column to give his sermons, remaining perched there for thirty-seven years.
36.3341, 36.8442
Steps leading up to rooms in the hotel
Hajvali, Turkey

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Live a night as a Byzantine King, with a minibar and private jacuzzi.
38.5473, 34.8693
Photo Courtesy the Long Now Foundation
Jordan

Petra

An ancient capital city 3000 years old and harboring many surprises.
30.3285, 35.4427
East Jerusalem, West Bank

Immovable Ladder on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

A "miracle" that seems to produce more holy fistfights then holy revelations.
31.7784, 35.2298
Stained glass panels from the rear of the nave in Christ Church, Anglican in Jerusalem's Old City. Note the emphasis on Jewish symbolism and imagery. (ian-w-scott/Flickr)
East Jerusalem, West Bank

Christ Church in Jerusalem

Oldest Protestant church in the Middle East, designed to resemble a synagogue.
31.8659, 35.2179
Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra

Mysterious lost empire of the Silk Road.
34.5511, 38.3025
Jerusalem, Israel

Meah Shearim

Neighborhood in Jerusalem is home to the ultra-orthodox haredim.
31.7869, 35.2222
Krak des Chevaliers
Safita, Syria

Krak des Chevaliers

Ruins of the Crusaders' headquarters.
34.7569, 36.2944
Kyoto, Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine

The Ten Thousand "Torii" Shrine.
34.9672, 135.7733
Kyoto, Japan

Tenryu-Ji Shrine's Bamboo trail

A beautiful bamboo trail tucked in this famous Japanese Shrine.
35.0158, 135.6738
Some of the park's performers
Kunming, China

Dwarf Empire Amusement Park

Theme park offers a new life in mushroom castles for China's little people.
25.0377, 102.7222
(WikiCommons)
Guilin, China

Yangshuo and Moon Hill

Natural arch gives panoramic views of Yangshuo's karst hills.
24.7784, 110.4967
Leshan, China

Giant Buddha

This Tang Dynasty behemoth is the biggest Buddha in the world.
29.5521, 103.7656
Xianyang, China

Chinese Pyramids of Xian

Enormous burial mounds of ancient emperors.
34.3634, 108.6302
Erlian Kissing Dinosaurs.
Xilin Gol, China

Erlian Kissing Dinosaurs

The largest dinosaurs in the world, kissing above the highway.
43.6532, 111.9779
Dino bones.
Xilin Gol, China

Dinosaurs Fairyland

Jurassic theme park in the small town of Erlian.
43.7208, 112.0114
The State of Genghis Khan. (Wikimedia Commons)
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Genghis Khan Statue Complex

Enormous statue of the Emperor of the Mongols.
47.8075, 107.5304
Chandigarh, India

Nek Chand Saini

A palatial sculpture park, built illegally and in secret by a self-taught artist over a period of 36 years.
30.7529, 76.8065
Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Shwenandaw Kyaung Temple

A grand example of 19th century Burmese teak architecture, and the most significant of Mandalay's historic buildings.
22.0006, 96.1138