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Jaipur, India

Gaitore Ki Chhatriyan

Ornate, dome-topped cenotaphs fill this royal crematorium.
Al Badrashin, Egypt

Pyramid of Djoser

This ancient structure is widely thought to be the oldest intact pyramid in the world.
Kolossi, Cyprus

Kolossi Castle

This 700-year-old Cyprus castle is the birthplace of the world's oldest wine, said to be toasted by Richard the Lionheart at his wedding.
Ecuador

Isla de la Plata

This small uninhabited island offers Galapagos-like biodiversity.
Ash-Shahaniyah, Qatar

Al Shahaniya Camel Racetrack

Robot jockeys ride their humped mounts to victory as part of a 21st-century twist on an ancient desert sport.
Italy

Cattedrale Vegetale (Tree Cathedral)

Natural cathedral designed by Italian artist Giuliano Mauri.
Battsengel, Mongolia

Taikhar Rock

People have been scribbling on this massive chunk of granite for more than 1,500 years.
La Maddalena, Italy

Spiaggia Rosa (Pink Beach)

Crushed coral and crystals give the sand its signature coloration.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Lost Third Column

Two stone columns flank the grand Venice square, but there were supposed to be three.
Venice, Italy

St. Mark's Clock Tower (Torre dell'Orologio)

Go inside to really appreciate this 500-year-old technological masterpiece.
Tha Bak, Laos

Tha Bak Bomb Boats

Villagers have recycled bomber fuel tanks from the Vietnam War and turned them into very, very strong boats.
Erbil, Iraq

Erbil Citadel

An ancient fortified mound raised over the millennia from settlements built one on top of the other.
Ngargoyoso, Indonesia

Candi Sukuh

This Javanese-Hindu temple from the 15th century is unmissable for anyone with even a passing interest in erotic art.
Al-Shikhan, Iraq

Lalish Temple

The sacred shrine of the Yazidis.
Zabid, Yemen

Brick Buildings of Zabid

Elaborate patterns adorn the city's disappearing traditional architecture.
Provincia de Dos de Mayo, Peru

Huánuco Pampa

This remarkably well-preserved Incan city managed to survive the conquistadores.
Edinburgh, Scotland

The Flodden Wall

Remnants of the 16th-century defensive wall still stand unassumingly within Edinburgh.
Harran, Turkey

Harran Beehive Houses

The ancient abodes are a testament to human ingenuity amid harsh climates.
Aden, Yemen

Cisterns of Tawila

This impressive system of tanks was used to store drinking water as long as 2,000 years ago.
Laos

Kong Lor Cave

A boat ride through utter darkness, lit only by headlamps, reveals an emerald green pool locals believe is sacred.
El Alto, Bolivia

Ernesto Che Guevara Statue

This likeness of the famous revolutionary is entirely made of recycled scraps of metal.
East Timor

Marobo Hot Springs

No one is quite sure of the origins of these idyllic natural hot springs at an abandoned mountain resort.
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Jami Ul-Alfar Masjid (Red Mosque)

This mesmerizing architectural wonder will take your breath away with its unusual color patterns.
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Curzon Hall

The fight to make Bengali an official language started in this stunning university hall.