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Chitral District, Pakistan

Kalasha Valleys

Unique pagan culture in three extremely remote mountain valleys.
Takht Bhai, Pakistan

Takht-i-Bahi

One of the last surviving ancient Buddhist sites in the region, it escaped the brunt of several Hun invasions thanks to its remote location.
Dara Adamkhel, Pakistan

Darra Adam Khel

A city entirely devoted to illegal gun production.
Lahore, Pakistan

Tomb of Ali Mardan Khan

This grand Pakistani mausoleum can only be accessed via an almost 1,000 foot long alleyway.
Lahore, Pakistan

Lahore Fort Elephant Path

These stairs were built to accommodate royals mounted on elephants.
Lahore, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque

A 17th-century mosque that was used for war more than worship.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Bibi-Khanym Mosque

Controversially restored in the 1970s, this giant 15th-century mosque is shrouded in legend.
Karbabad, Bahrain

‘Madbasa’

This underground art installation recreates an ancient date honey storeroom.
Lisbon, Portugal

Church of St. Dominic

The scorched Lisbon church that survived two earthquakes and a massive fire.
Muharraq, Bahrain

Dhow Building Yard

The last place in Bahrain where you can get a custom-made dhow.
Buri, Bahrain

Dilmun Burial Mounds

These 4,000-year-old tombs form a surreal landscape.
Manama, Bahrain

The Legends of Dilmun

Is this amazing tableau depicting Gilgamesh and Enki 4,000 years old?
Bahrain

Bahrain Oil Well No. 1

This unassuming oil well changed the history of the Arabian Gulf.
Kouklia, Cyprus

Aphrodite's Rock

This sea stack in Cyprus is traditionally seen as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.
Bahrain

Shajarat-al-Hayat (Tree of Life)

This centuries-old tree tells an unusual tale of vegetation and fertility in the desert.
Arad, Bahrain

Arad Fort

This beautifully historic Bahrain fortress might not be the most popular attraction around, but that might make it all the better.
Barbar, Bahrain

Barbar Temple

This archaeological site boasts temple ruins that date back 5,000 years to the Dilmun culture, and may have been described in the tale of Gilgamesh's search for immortality.
Tunis, Tunisia

Villa Yvonne

A ghostly mansion in the middle of downtown Tunis.
Tanuf, Oman

Tanuf

The ruins in this village were caused by something more sinister than neglect.
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt Book Burning Memorial

Somber memorial to the May 10, 1933, book-burning which took place on this spot.
Genoa, Italy

The Lighthouse of Genoa

Depending on how it is measured, this lighthouse can claim to be the tallest in Europe and the tallest conventional lighthouse in the world.
Bahla, Oman

Bahla Fort

If you dare visit this fort, fire-breathing hyenas might devour your camels.
Takia, Oman

'What Is It?'

This mysterious anthropomorphic statuette is on display at the National Museum of Oman.
Belgrade, Serbia

Znak Pitanja (?)

Belgrade’s oldest restaurant has a rather unusual name.