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Aalam Ordo.
Kyrgyzstan

Aalam Ordo

This mysterious complex of abandoned yurts and fading murals was meant to be a center of science and spirituality in Kyrgyzstan.
42.1731, 77.2262
Wall of Great Tajik Writers.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Wall of Great Tajik Writers

A building facade covered with the statues of 11 giants of Tajik literature.
38.5838, 68.7839
Kojomkul Memorial.
Kojomkul, Kyrgyzstan

Kojomkul Memorial

An unusual monument to a gentle giant who became a Kyrgyz hero.
42.1230, 74.0878
Landscape surrounding Yamchun Fort.
Ishkoshim, Tajikistan

Yamchun Fort

This ancient Silk Road outpost overlooking the Wakhan Valley is miraculously still standing.
36.9697, 72.2611
Ishkashim Market
Ishkashim, Tajikistan

Ishkashim Border Market

A strip of no man’s land on the river border where the people of Tajikistan and Afghanistan come together to trade their goods.
36.7451, 71.5749
The old walls.
Xiva, Uzbekistan

Walls of Itchan Kala

Ancient barriers wrap around what was once an important stop along the Silk Road.
41.3777, 60.3602
Haidong Shi, China

White Horse Temple (白马寺)

This temple located on a vertical drop of a rocky mountain houses relics from the Song Dynasty.
36.5210, 102.1034
Majestic white exterior of the House of Wonders
Zanzibar, Tanzania

The House of Wonders

In Zanzibar, a historic 19th-century palace is a reminder of the world's shortest war.
-6.1610, 39.1895
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Seattle Peace Park

Touching displays of wishes for peace from the Cold War era.
41.2895, 69.2542
View into the Bug Pit
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

"The Bug Pit" at Zindon Prison

Where Stoddart and Connolly suffered in the infamous Bug Pit.
39.7778, 64.4106
The Kalyan Minaret
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Kalyan Minaret

This "tower of death" has acted as an observatory, a religious hub, and an executioner's lair.
39.7757, 64.4150
A rusted fleet sits crumbling in the sunbaked desert
Muynak District, Uzbekistan

Moynaq

Once a bustling fishing port, this semi-ghost town is now more than 150km away from the shore.
43.7686, 59.0229
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Tomb of Daniel at Samarkand

18m long sarcophagus of a constantly growing dead prophet.
39.6733, 66.9945
Sextant at Ulugh Beg Observatory
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Observatory

Light still pours into the ruins of this ancient Islamic observatory.
39.6750, 67.0050
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

The Avenue of Mausolea, a series of grand palatial tombs.
39.6631, 66.9878
 Mehrangarh Fort
Jodhpur, India

Mehrangarh Fort

This stunning 15th-century royal hill fort preserves the age of chivalry in Rajasthan.
26.2981, 73.0184
Mausoleum of Rudaki in Panjrud, Sughd, Tajikistan. June 27, 2016.
Panjakent, Tajikistan

Tomb of Rudaki

Where the father of Persian poetry is laid to rest.
39.4917, 67.6066
Relocated Lenin from the back, with cow for scale.
Khujand, Tajikistan

Tajikistan Lenin Statue

The largest Lenin statue in Central Asia was moved to an empty field rather than being destroyed.
40.2939, 69.6033
Anzob Tunnel in 2012, filling with water
Ayni, Tajikistan

Anzob Tunnel

This dark, damp, perilous tunnel is the only passage from north to south Tajikistan.
39.1082, 68.6874
Dushanbe Flagpole
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe Flagpole

The world's second-tallest flagpole stands proud despite dropping rank.
38.5790, 68.7801
Film City
Film City, Qatar

Film City

A creepy, deserted mock Arabian village in the middle of the Qatari desert.
25.5768, 50.8452
Another angle from the outside
At-Bashi District, Kyrgyzstan

Tash Rabat

Extremely isolated Silk Road caravanserai in the middle of nowhere.
40.8234, 75.2888
Yuri Gagarin's big boulder head.
Barskoon, Kyrgyzstan

Monument to Yuri Gagarin

A boulder carved into the shape of the cosmonaut's head.
42.0095, 77.6143
The suspended entrance to the minaret (Commons Wikimedia)
Kyrgyzstan

Burana Tower

Lonely minaret stump of a destroyed city.
42.7464, 75.2504