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Saudi Arabia

Wadi-e Jinn

A phenomenon that appears to make gravity work in reverse has been attributed to jinn, supernatural spirits from Arabian folklore.
Ar Rass, Saudi Arabia

Al Shinanah Historical Tower

This tower has survived the times despite being composed of mud and camel hair.
Bidah Valley, Saudi Arabia

Thee Ain Ancient Village

Village of slate houses, built on a white marble outcrop.
Saudi Arabia

Al Wahbah Crater

This giant volcanic crater holds its very own field of salt.
Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia

The Judah Thumb

In the middle of a barren desert, a massive, solitary rocky thumb juts out.
Figueira da Foz, Portugal

Núcleo Museológico do Sal

This museum documents the ancient practice of salt production in Figueira da Foz.
Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

Mada'in Saleh

Ancient Nabatean caravan city filled with desert tombs.
Hegra, Saudi Arabia

Mada'in Salih

The remote tomb known as Qasr al-Farid is carved right into a giant Saudi Arabian boulder.
Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

Al 'Ula

Within the Saudi Arabian desert lies a 2,000-year-old ghost town made of stone and mud.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Tuwaiq Palace Heart Tent

This mesmerizing, colorful structure looks like a tent made from stained glass.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Al Masmak Fortress

A 19th-century fortress and collection of artifacts offer a tour of Saudi history.
Raposeira, Portugal

Seminário de Santa Teresinha

A devasting 2020 fire left this historic seminary in ruins.
Wuhan, China

Guiyuan Temple

Count the statues to gain insight into your future from Buddhist disciples.
Qatar

'East-West/West-East'

Four steel monoliths stand in the Qatari desert, in a breathtaking work of large-scale art by Richard Serra.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Antonov An-24

This massive piece of aviation history calls this residential neighborhood home.
Balibo, East Timor

Balibó Fort

A colonial-era fort with panoramic views across the East Timor-West Timor border, now home to a hotel.
Lisbon, Portugal

'The Wedding of the Hen'

This tile-work piece featuring a chicken riding in carriage is both a remarkable artistic creation and a social commentary of politics and culture in 17th-century Portugal.
Chinguetti, Mauritania

Old Mosque

An architectural relic that survived the hands of time.
Lisbon, Portugal

Museu do Fado

An unassuming music museum recounts the rags to riches story of a dramatic Portuguese genre.
Nazaré, Portugal

'Veado'

A deer-headed statue that brings together a 12th-century legend and big wave surfing.
Lisbon, Portugal

Museu da Farmácia

Entire apothecaries are on display at this Lisbon museum, which explores the history of medicine.
Lindoso, Portugal

Espigueros of Lindoso

These narrow stone granaries have been used to store and dry out grain for hundreds of years.
Portugal

Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Seiça

The crumbling ruins of an abandoned 12th-century monastery.
Zanzibar, Tanzania

Tippu Tip's House

This slowly crumbling mansion was home to one of East Africa's richest and most powerful slave traders.