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Narlai, India

Narlai Stepwell

Designed to serve primarily the Maharaja, this is an interesting variation on the traditional stepped well.
Armenia

Kobayr Monastery

The ruins of a medieval monastery built on a perilous slope.
Tarim, Yemen

Minaret of Al-Muhdhar Mosque

The tallest minaret in Yemen is 150 feet high and entirely made of mud.
Kashi Diqu, China

Afaq Khoja Mausoleum

An exquisite example of Uyghur Islamic architecture.
Telgárt, Slovakia

Chmarošský Viaduct

A gorgeous stone viaduct crosses over a bucolic valley.
Jiblah, Yemen

Queen Arwa Mosque

One of Yemen’s oldest and most beautiful mosques was named for the incredible, historical queen buried inside it.
Jbeil, Lebanon

Byblos Archaeological Site

A patchwork of ruins from various civilizations in one of the world's oldest continually inhabited cities.
East Timor

Sia Maubara

A haunting place that is now home to thousands of birds.
East Timor

Escola do Reino de Haudere Ruins

A surprisingly large and sturdy ruin on the outskirts of a remote village.
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Beatles Monument

A beloved tribute to the Fab Four and the freedoms they inspired.
Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus

This colonial fort is an intriguing example of Renaissance military architecture.
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phsar Thmei (Central Market)

One of the biggest markets in Asia, under one of the continent's largest domes.
Wakrah, Qatar

Al Wakrah Dhow Harbor

A superb spot to appreciate the traditional boats of the Indian Ocean.
Teshig, Mongolia

Mongolia/Russia Border Crossing No. 487

This extremely remote border crossing was closed to prevent smuggling and looting.
Osh, Kyrgyzstan

Muzey Sulayman Too

An outstanding piece of retro Sci-Fi architecture built into a sacred mountain.
Kharkhorin, Mongolia

Imperial Map Monument

History, geography, and shamanism meet in this eye-catching monument to the greatness of three empires.
Nohijai Pançakent, Tajikistan

Ancient Panjakent

The remains of an ancient city-state along the Silk Road.
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Frunze Museum

Dedicated to a Bolshevik revolutionary, this museum is a true time capsule of the Soviet era.
Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

Dungan Mosque

Built entirely of interlocking pieces, construction of this Chinese Muslim house of worship required zero nails.
Ming-Kush, Kyrgyzstan

Min Kush

This village was once a thriving Soviet uranium mining center, but is now semi-abandoned and desolate.
Kyrgyzstan

Aalam Ordo

This mysterious complex of abandoned yurts and fading murals was meant to be a center of science and spirituality in Kyrgyzstan.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Wall of Great Tajik Writers

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

Kojomkul Memorial

An unusual monument to a gentle giant who became a Kyrgyz hero.
Ishkoshim, Tajikistan

Yamchun Fort

This ancient Silk Road outpost overlooking the Wakhan Valley is miraculously still standing.