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Lusarat, Armenia

Khor Virap Monastery

The most visited pilgrimage site in Armenia once held a saint in a pit for 13 years.
Byurakan, Armenia

Armenian Alphabet Monument

Giant stone letters dedicated to the founder of Armenia's alphabet.
Garni, Armenia

Garni Gorge

A geological oddity topped with a temple.
Goght, Armenia

Geghard Monastery

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

Old Khndzoresk Cave Village

Right up until the 20th century this network of man-made caves was the biggest village in Eastern Armenia.
Skhtorashen, Armenia

Tnjri

Local legend says that whoever burns down this 2,000 year old Armenian tree will only have seven days left to live.
Matmatat-Al-Qadimal, Tunisia

Hotel Sidi Driss

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

Erg Chebbi

God's Saharan sandbox of wrath.
Fez, Morocco

Chouara Leather Tannery

Traditional 11th-century outdoor tannery.
Essaouira, Morocco

Tide Pools of Essaouira

Vast stretch of tide-pools with a unique Moroccan charm.
Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

An awe-inspiring mosque in Morocco with the tallest minaret in the world.
Province de Tinghir, Morocco

Todra Gorge

One of the most spectacular canyons in the world.
Ouarzazate, Morocco

Atlas Film Studios

World's largest film studio, where visitors tour the decaying sets that litter the harsh desert environment.
Sheyakhah Thalethah, Egypt

Unfinished Obelisk

The Largest Known Ancient Egyptian Obelisk.
Stromboli, Italy

Stromboli Island

A volcanic old faithful, Stromboli has been erupting continuously for the last 2000 years.
Messina, Italy

Pylons of Messina

Climb the dead electric pylons of Messina.
Messina, Italy

Torri Morandi

An abandoned building that once tightened a power line that stretched across Messina Strait.
Messina, Italy

The House of Cavaliere

An eccentric home in Sicily turns heads on a regular basis.
Palermo, Italy

Santuario di Santa Rosalia

Cave shrine on Monte Pellegrino.
Bagheria, Italy

Villa Palagonia

A collection of grotesques lines the walls of this Italian villa.
Caltagirone, Italy

Ceramic Steps of Caltagirone

142 ceramic steps become a mosaic once a year.
Realmonte, Italy

Scala dei Turchi

"Stairs of the Turks", a chalky white cliff eroded conveniently into stairs, allowing for easy pillaging.
Pompei, Italy

Plaster Citizens of Pompeii

The last moments of the ill-fated Pompeiians, frozen forever in plaster.
Rome, Italy

Pyramid of Cestius

The only "Egyptian" pyramid in Europe and the legendary tomb of Remus.