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Kemer, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate

This arch granting triumphal entrance into the Antalya was designed to honor the emperor's visit.
Turkey

Pinara

At this ancient settlement at the foot of Mount Babadağ, honeycomb tombs are carved into a round cliff.
Tambon Mueang Phan, Thailand

Phu Phra Bat Historical Park

An amalgam of precariously balanced boulders, ancient petroglyphs, and Buddhist shrines.
Cova-Lima, East Timor

Portuguese Fort Ruins

The remains of a former colonial fort on a stretch of beach that is occasionally visited by crocodiles.
Merek, Indonesia

Sipiso-piso Waterfall

One of Indonesia's tallest, this waterfall takes a 390-foot plunge into the Lake Toba caldera.
Demre, Turkey

Church of St. Nicholas

This church houses the tomb—but not the remains—of St. Nicholas, the likely progenitor to Santa Claus.
Tambon Na Chom Thian, Thailand

Khao Chi Chan (Buddha Mountain)

Limestone outcrop decorated with a large laser engraving of the Buddha.
Muang Kham, Laos

Tham Piew Cave

A tangible and sobering reminder of an atrocity that took place during a secret war.
Athens, Greece

The Olive Tree of the Acropolis

Legend says this sacred tree was a gift from Athena.
Qobustan, Azerbaijan

Gobustan Rock Art

A massive collection of petroglyphs dating back some 40,000 years.
Plaisance Ward, Seychelles

Abandoned Church

In the middle of a busy residential neighborhood, a small roofless church being reclaimed by nature.
Bou Craa, Morocco

The World's Longest Conveyor Belt System

This record setting conveyor belt system can even be seen from space.
Banaue, Philippines

Batad Rice Paddies

These tiered rice paddies were carved into the hillsides 2,000 years ago.
Aden, Yemen

Tower of Silence

The remains of a Zoroastrian temple that bore witness to a time when Aden was a flourishing trading hub.
Bucak, Turkey

Susuz Caravanserai

A little-known caravanserai hidden among farmhouses in the Turkish countryside.
Ta Pek, Thailand

Phanom Rung Historical Park

This Khmer-era temple includes a lintel that was stolen and displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago for years before returning to Thailand.
Marrakech, Morocco

Bab Agnaou

One of the two original gateways into the Kasbah, this gateway is a nesting site for storks.
Córdoba, Argentina

Cabildo de Córdoba

One of the oldest colonial buildings still standing in South America.
Cheongsong, South Korea

Jusanji Pond

Trees emerge from the surface of this small man-made reservoir.
Tosari, Indonesia

Gunung Bromo

Of five volcanoes located in the massive Tengger caldera, this cone is the youngest and most active.
Muang Ngoy, Laos

Muang Ngoi Neua

A quaint village where bomb casings from the Second Indochina War have been repurposed into mundane objects.
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle Fort

This fort dates back to 1588 and was colonized by the Portuguese, Dutch, and English and sits prominently on the Indian Ocean where azure water lap the coast.
Mannar, Sri Lanka

Baobab Tree Pallimunai

The trunk of this 700-year-old tree measures more than 60 feet around, making it the oldest and largest baobab in Sri Lanka.
Kyrgyzstan

Jeti-Ögüz Rocks

According to myth, there's a bloody explanation for the beautiful bright red color of this rock formation set amidst alpine vegetation.