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Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Kalyan Minaret

This "tower of death" has acted as an observatory, a religious hub, and an executioner's lair.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Observatory

Light still pours into the ruins of this ancient Islamic observatory.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

The Avenue of Mausolea is a series of grand palatial tombs.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Statue of Panfilov's 28 Guardsmen

This Soviet statue is based on a piece of propaganda that's been elevated to national myth.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Zelionyj Bazaar

This sprawling market is a one-stop shop for traditional Kazakh foods, from mare’s milk to sheep’s head.
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ascension Cathedral

In Kazakhstan, a colorful cathedral with many lives once survived the most powerful earthquake in the region.
Faroe Islands

Faroe Islands One-Lane Tunnels

The narrow passages will challenge even the bravest driver.
Trøllanes, Faroe Islands

Kallur Lighthouse

This isolated structure beckons adventurers with sublime views of the Faroe Islands.
Cape Otway, Australia

Frederick Valentich Memorial Plaque

A plaque at the lighthouse where Frederick Valentich made his last radio contact before he vanished without a trace.
Princetown, Australia

The Twelve Apostles

Nine limestone rock stacks on Australia's "Shipwreck Coast."
Melbourne, Australia

Phar Lap

Taxidermy of the racing horse with a huge heart, who inspired hope in the Depression.
Santiago, Chile

Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino (Chilean Museum of Pre-Columbian Art)

This museum covers 10,000 years of Pre-Columbian Latin American history.
Castro, Chile

Churches of Chiloé

Spanish religion mixed with local architecture has yielded a network of churches unlike any other.
Carthage, Tunisia

Byrsa Hill

An ancient Phoenician citadel once stood at the site where Queen Dido first landed, according to legend.
Kairouan, Tunisia

Great Mosque of Kairouan

Founded in 670, this ancient mosque is an architectural time portal.
Tunisia

Mos Espa

An abandoned film set location for a remote spaceport in a galaxy far, far away hides in the Tunisian desert.
Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis Medina

The ancient heart of Tunis is an enormous maze of narrow streets and alleyways.
Teboursouk, Tunisia

Dougga

The best-preserved Roman small town in North Africa.
Carthage, Tunisia

Tophet at Carthage

An ancient burial ground believed to have been used for ritual sacrifice.
Matmatat-Al-Qadimal, Tunisia

Matmata Underground Houses

Made famous by "Star Wars," these troglodyte homes face an uncertain future.
Tataouine, Tunisia

Ksar Ouled Soltane

15th century granary, or futuristic slave quarters in Tataouine.
El Jem, Tunisia

El Jem Amphitheatre

The largest and best-preserved Roman amphitheater in Africa was designed to seat 35,000 people.
Matmatat-Al-Qadimal, Tunisia

Hotel Sidi Driss

The original film set of Luke Skywalker's Tatooine home from the "Star Wars" trilogy.
Tozeur, Tunisia

Leftover Star Wars Sets

Buildings from the fictional planet of Tatooine still litter the Tunisian desert.