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The Antikythera mechanism.
Athens, Greece

Antikythera Mechanism

2000-year-old computer demonstrates remarkable engineering and astronomical precision.
37.9892, 23.7325
Atlantis Books.
Oía, Greece

Atlantis Books

A quirky bookstore hidden beneath a sea of whitewashed Greek villas.
36.4614, 25.3745
Archeological site of Akrotiri
Santorini, Greece

Prehistoric Town of Akrotiri

A Bronze age settlement on the Greek island of Santorini might have been the inspiration for Plato's Atlantis.
36.3514, 25.4036
Argolis, Greece


This legendary city has been a tourist attraction for centuries.
37.7309, 22.7561
The Temple of Apollo, Delphi

The Oracle of Delphi

The hallucinogenic center of the ancient world.
38.4824, 22.5010
Varlaam Monastery
Kalabaka, Greece


Monasteries on rock pillars, once accessible only by frayed ropes.
39.7142, 21.6311
Shakaria, Jordan

Hejaz Railway Train of Wadi Rum

A refurbished locomotive from a bygone era in the middle of the Jordanian desert.
29.6996, 35.3963
Madaba Mosaic Map

Madaba Mosaic Map

The world's oldest map of the holy land gives us a fragmented glimpse of the layout of biblical nations.
31.7160, 35.7955
Little Petra, Jordan.
Petra District, Jordan

Little Petra

A more chill but no less fascinating version of the famous ancient archeological site.
30.3741, 35.4497
Photo Courtesy the Long Now Foundation


An ancient capital city 3000 years old and harboring many surprises.
30.3285, 35.4427
Qasr Amra

Qasr Amra

A bathhouse from the second Islamic Caliphate decorated with frescoes of constellations, pleasure gardens, and naked ladies.
31.8019, 36.5862
These fingers obviously belong to Hercules
Amman, Jordan

Hand of Hercules

The most gigantic, swoony, intimidating trio of fingers in all of antiquity.
31.9547, 35.9343
The Oval Forum in Jerash, and the Cardo Maximus
Jerash, Jordan

The Ruins of Jerash

Gladiators battle and chariots race daily in the ruins of a once-great Roman city.
32.2769, 35.9056
Burj Khalifa in Dubai.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Burj Khalifa

The world's tallest building features an Armani hotel, offices above the cloud line, and perfumed lounges.
25.1975, 55.2749
Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai Miracle Garden

Billed as the "largest natural flower garden in the world" this Middle Eastern show field has little competition at 45 million flowers.
25.0856, 55.2130
Cape Town, South Africa

Seal Island

Haven for Cape Fur Seals, until the Ring of Death of jumping Great White Sharks arrives.
-34.1381, 18.5827
Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary
Cape Town, South Africa

Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary

This African beach is home to thousands of rare mainland penguins that are known for their annoying voice.
-34.1965, 18.4500
Higher-altitude view of Bo Kaap
Cape Town, South Africa

Bo Kaap

Formerly known as the Malay Quarter, Bo Kaap is a colorfully-painted township located in the “Mother City” of South Africa.
-33.9182, 18.4143
Red "Ronnies Sex Shop" lettering
Breede River DC, South Africa

Ronnie's Sex Shop

“The oddest pub in South Africa,” inspired by a practical joke.
-33.7790, 20.9325
Oudtshoorn, South Africa

Cango Caves

Largest cave system in Africa.
-33.5869, 22.1983
Nubia, Egypt

The Temple of Abu Simbel

Ozymandias’ time-keeping temple.
22.3371, 31.6254
The nilometer of Rhoda Island near Cairo
Cairo, Egypt


An ancient instrument used to measure the waters of the Nile so Egyptian farmers would know whether to expect famine or flood.
30.0070, 31.2252
The Djoser Pyramid (4,700 years old) and a camel (age unknown).
Al Badrashin, Egypt

Pyramid of Djoser

This ancient structure is widely thought to be the oldest intact pyramid in the world.
29.8713, 31.2165
A relief of surgical instruments.
Nagoa Ash Shatb, Egypt

Temple of Kom Ombo

One of its engravings is believed to be among the first representations of medical and surgical instruments.
24.4521, 32.9283