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Nizwa, Oman

Nizwa Fort

This beautifully restored fortification kept the city safe for centuries, and was a shining example of military advancements.
London, England

Pudding Lane

The Great Fire of London and the regulation of one-way streets both started in this alley.
Ulan-Ude, Russia

Rinpoche Bagsha Datsan

Located along Lysaya Mountain, this monastery is home to the largest statue of Buddha in Russia.
Singapore

Merlion

This statue once earned the distinction as one of the "Three Major Disappointments of the World."
Singapore

House of Tan Teng Niah

This house is one of the most colorful in the country, and is the last remaining example of a historic villa.
Nanuoya, Sri Lanka

The Main Line

Known as the most scenic route in Sri Lanka, this train line is steeped in history and offers an unparalleled view of the country.
Sirmione, Italy

Scaliger Castle

One of the most well-preserved castles in Italy also contains a rare medieval example of a port fortification.
Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque

An awe-inspiring mosque in Morocco with the tallest minaret in the world.
Victoria, Seychelles

Marie Antoinette's

One of the oldest restaurants in the Seychelles is one of the only ones left to serve bat.
Seychelles

Vallee de Mai Nature Preserve

A British general, a suggestive tree, a map of paradise.
Beirut, Lebanon

The Egg

This modernist cinema has survived war and reconstruction to become a symbol of Lebanon’s revolutionary spirit.
London, England

The Churchill Arms

This pub was 238 years old when it decided to revamp its image: It started serving Thai food.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Morocco's Land Effigy

This unusual statue overlooking the Royal Mile is believed to be the emperor of Morocco.
Doha, Qatar

Souq Waqif

Qatar's oldest market can trace its origins back more than a century.
Ouadane, Mauritania

Ouadane Mosque

This remarkably well-preserved mosque stands amid an 11th-century caravansary.
Pingan, Tajikistan

Hulbuk Fortress

This medieval citadel once guarded the western entrance of the Pamir Highway.
London, England

The Beaumont Hotel

This five-star hotel was originally a swanky parking garage.
London, England

Animals in War Memorial

A unique tribute to the millions of animals who served and died for the British military.
Bangkok, Thailand

Robot Building

The bank's whimsical shape was inspired by a child’s toy.
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Galerie Zeinart

The quaint gallery displays works by artists from all across Mauritania.
Casablanca, Morocco

'Tire Lion'

The rubbery beast is sculpted from recycled materials.
Nouakchott, Mauritania

Port de Pêche

Thousands of colorful pirogues showcase ingenious craftsmanship at the largest fishermen port in Nouakchott.
London, England

Cleopatra's Needle Shrapnel Scars

This ancient Egyptian obelisk still bears the wounds of World War I.
Bolivia

Laguna Verde

This lake’s emerald green waters are a spectacular sight, but it’s not a great place for a swim.