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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Shop #47 at Mwenge Woodcarvers Market

An exquisite and eclectic selection of African masks stands out within a massive woodcarving marketplace.
-6.7682, 39.2265
The Flaming Cliffs.
Bulgan, Mongolia

Flaming Cliffs

Dinosaur eggs were first discovered at these fiery red cliffs.
44.1398, 103.7159
The not-at-all bustling entrance to Dorasan Station.
Paju, South Korea

Dorasan Station

South Korea's largely symbolic, barely used gateway to the North.
37.8986, 126.7077
Reconstruction of a catapult.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Mongolian Military Museum

Thousands of artifacts tell Mongolia's military history, from the Bronze Age to the present.
47.9227, 106.9533


The tower in this 1,000-year-old mud-brick village seems to vibrate for no apparent reason.
32.3454, 54.6606
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Centre of Shaman Eternal Heavenly Sophistication

A nondescript dirt lot hides an intriguing center of shamanic healing.
47.9167, 106.8951
Neon alley of Wroclaw.
Wrocław, Poland

Neon Side Gallery

A collection of old neon signs from all over Poland line a secluded courtyard.
51.1100, 17.0246
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek Circus

This retro, UFO-like structure is a remnant of the Soviet-era circus.
42.8814, 74.6142
Eyüp, Turkey

Museum of Energy

This shuttered power plant is now Turkey's first industrial archaeology museum.
41.0664, 28.9467
Flora Han.
Fatih, Turkey

Flora Han

An Art Nouveau gem hides beneath the layers of city grime obscuring this once-magnificent building.
41.0143, 28.9748
Bird palace.
Üsküdar, Turkey

Ottoman Bird Palaces

Ornate miniature mansions, built for Istanbul's feathered residents.
41.0246, 29.0150
A display called "My Father's Death."
Istanbul, Turkey

The Museum of Innocence

This museum was invented in a novel before being made real by the author.
41.0307, 28.9797
Old Kachcheri.
Jaffna, Sri Lanka

Old Kachcheri

These abandoned ruins in the middle of Jaffna have withstood centuries of tumultuous power struggles.
9.6602, 80.0300
Street of Armenian Quarter.
Jerusalem, Israel

Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem

The only quarter of the Old City not dedicated to a major world religion.
31.7749, 35.2287
The green shelter.
London, England

Cabmen’s Shelter in Russell Square

Originally built for London’s cab drivers, this bright green hut now serves anyone a hot drink or meal.
51.5221, -0.1278
Rabban Hormizd Monastery.
Tel Kaif, Iraq

Rabban Hormizd Monastery

An ancient sanctuary that has long been a holy site for the Chaldean Christian Church.
36.7490, 43.1151
Huta Etelka.
Nižná Slaná, Slovakia

Huta Etelka

An abandoned 19th-century iron factory perched along the outskirts of an idyllic village.
48.7393, 20.4163
Vang Sang Buddhas.

Vang Sang Buddhas

A mysterious, hidden cluster of Buddha sculptures carved into the rocks.
18.4566, 102.4212
Buildings and sky reflected in the cistern.

Hababah Water Cistern

A mesmerizing reservoir nestled at the heart of a pre-Islamic Yemeni village.
15.5441, 43.8761
Bin Jelmood House.
Doha, Qatar

Bin Jelmood House

This unique museum doesn't shy away from highlighting Qatar's role in the history of slavery.
25.2868, 51.5294
Al Wukair Scrapyard.

Al Wukair Scrapyard

Some 20,000 dust-covered unwanted vehicles languish in the desert.
25.1157, 51.4690
Al `Arish.

Al `Arish

An abandoned fishing village in pre-oil Qatar.
26.0447, 51.0472
Formerly used prosthetic limbs are everywhere in the visitor centre.
Vientiane, Laos

COPE Visitor Centre

In the world's most bombed country relative to its size, this incredible organization helps pick up the pieces.
17.9580, 102.6203
The Bahdinan Gate.
Amedi, Iraq

Bahdinan Gate

This beautiful arched gate is all that remains of the fortress the ancient mountaintop town of Amadiya once was.
37.0906, 43.4840