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One of the murals decorating the Amir Timur museum. Note the mix of Uzbek imagery with the Soviet aesthetic.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Amir Timur (Tamerlane) Museum

Looking for a unifying history, Uzbekistan finds its answer in a 14th Century Turco-Mongol conqueror... despite the fact he wasn't Uzbek.
41.3397, 69.2856
The Elephant house
Yarmouth, Massachusetts

The Edward Gorey House

Eclectic collections, artwork, and some feline friends fill the writer's former home.
41.7054, -70.2422
Truro, Massachusetts

North Truro Air Force Station

This abandoned radar station from the Cold War era now only broadcasts a seriously ominous air of isolation.
42.0315, -70.0535
Mural, depicting a raw man-slaughtering Nazi on a demon horse (Flickr / Nathan Hamm)
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

National Museum of Kyrgyzstan

Time capsule of a museum, in which the Soviet Union remains alive and kicking.
42.8778, 74.6039
Vozrozhdeniye Island, Kazakhstan

Vozrozhdeniye Island

Former island in the Aral Sea used to be a top-secret Russian bio-weapons facility.
45.0918, 59.1419
One of many fishing ships now without fish
Aralsk, Kazakhstan

Aral Sea

Rusting ships sit in a desert where a sea used to be.
46.7949, 61.6536
Sextant at Ulugh Beg Observatory
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Observatory

Light still pours into the ruins of this ancient Islamic observatory.
39.6750, 67.0050
Beruni, Uzbekistan

Elliq-Qala

"50 Fortresses" have been unearthed in the ancient oasis of Khwarezm.
41.6881, 60.7433
View at the dam walls from a different angle
Rushon, Tajikistan

Sarez Lake

The largest dam in the world and the site of a potential disaster.
38.2571, 72.6086
Ulugnor District, Uzbekistan

Fergana Valley

One of the most ethnically diverse spots on the planet.
40.7667, 71.5000
Khan's Palace. (Wikimedia Commons)
Kokand, Uzbekistan

Khan's Palace

Final palace complex of the last of 29 Kokand rulers.
40.5391, 70.9383
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tomb of Daniel at Samarkand

18m long sarcophagus of a constantly growing dead prophet.
39.6733, 66.9945
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

The Avenue of Mausolea, a series of grand palatial tombs.
39.6631, 66.9878
View into the Bug Pit
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

"The Bug Pit" at Zindon Prison

Where Stoddart and Connolly suffered in the infamous Bug Pit.
39.7778, 64.4106
Astana, Kazakhstan

Bayterek Tower

A modern tower, symbolizing the legend of a golden egg on top of the tree of life.
51.1283, 71.4305
Astana, Kazakhstan

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

Iconic pyramid from famed British architect Norman Foster designed to represent all of the world's religious faiths.
51.1224, 71.4682
One of the craters of the nuclear explosions
Semey, Kazakhstan

Semipalatinsk Polygon

One of the most horrible legacies of the Cold War era: where the Soviet Union tested nuclear bombs on civilians.
50.4333, 80.2667

Alluvial Fan of the Taklimakan Desert

Made by river sediment, it is the largest alluvial fan in the world.
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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Beatles Statue of Almaty

Beatlemania is still going strong ...at least in Kazakhstan.
43.2551, 76.9126
Arch of Neutrality.
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Arch of Neutrality

A dictator's gold statue once rotated to face the sun on a 75-meter high marble tower.
37.8821, 58.3333