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Golden Temple
Amritsar Cantt., India

Golden Temple

This peaceful Sikh gurudwara serves around 50,000 free meals every day within its gilded walls.
31.6200, 74.8765
Komsomolskaya station.
Moscow, Russia

Moscow Metro Stations

The gorgeous entrances into the city's underbelly look more like grand halls than subway stops.
55.7763, 37.6558
The Djoser Pyramid (4,700 years old) and a camel (age unknown).
Al Badrashin, Egypt

Pyramid of Djoser

This ancient structure is widely thought to be the oldest intact pyramid in the world.
29.8713, 31.2165
The scalp purported to be from a legendary yeti, at the Nepal village of Khumjung.
Khumjung, Nepal

The Yeti Scalp of Khumjung

A Himalayan monastery claims to have a piece of a centuries-old abominable snowman.
27.8250, 86.7159
Avenue of the Baobabs
Morondava, Madagascar

Avenue of the Baobabs

The centuries old trees lining both sides of this dirt road may become Madagascar's first natural monument.
-20.2508, 44.4183
Yemrehanna Kristos Church
Ethiopia

Yemrehanna Kristos Church

An ancient Ethiopian cave church is endangered by the simple building of a road.
12.1400, 39.0719
Most SNP
Bratislava, Slovakia

Most SNP

This Slovak bridge is known both for its connection to a national uprising and its UFO-shaped eatery.
48.1384, 17.1046
Marble Palace
Kolkata, India

Marble Palace

This lavish estate recalls the opulent history of Calcutta.
22.5828, 88.3604
Namche, Nepal

Namche Bazaar

Last stop before the top of the highest peak in the world.
27.8069, 86.7140
Kathmandu, Nepal

Swayambhunath Monkey Temple

Sacred Buddhist home of some spiritual monkeys.
27.7152, 85.2899
Boudhanath Stupa
Kathmandu, Nepal

Boudhanath Stupa

One of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world keeps an eye out in every direction.
27.7215, 85.3620
Inside the entertainment complex
Astana, Kazakhstan

Khan Shatyr

An entertainment center in a huge transparent tent.
51.1202, 71.4013
Astana, Kazakhstan

Bayterek Tower

A modern tower, symbolizing the legend of a golden egg on top of the tree of life.
51.1283, 71.4305
Astana, Kazakhstan

Palace of Peace and Reconciliation

Iconic pyramid from famed British architect Norman Foster designed to represent all of the world's religious faiths.
51.1224, 71.4682
A rusted fleet sits crumbling in the sunbaked desert
Muynak District, Uzbekistan

Moynaq

Once a bustling fishing port, this semi-ghost town is now more than 150km away from the shore.
43.7686, 59.0229
wolves stalk antelope
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Turkmenbashi's Land of Fairy Tales

An eccentric dictator's take on a Turkmen version of Disneyland.
37.9220, 58.3726
Arch of Neutrality.
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Arch of Neutrality

A dictator's gold statue once rotated to face the sun on a 75-meter high marble tower.
37.8821, 58.3333
Close-up of the monument (Flickr/Begemot)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Giant Ruhnama

Monument to a bizarre book, written by Turkmenistan’s long-standing dictator.
37.8882, 58.3792
The dome and its attached tower (Flickr/Fraser Lewry)
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Independence Monument of Turkmenistan

Sumptous memorial to a controversial independence.
37.8811, 58.3823
Turkmenistan

The Gates of Hell

Fiery crater that has been burning since 1971.
40.2522, 58.4397
Beruni, Uzbekistan

Elliq-Qala

"50 Fortresses" have been unearthed in the ancient oasis of Khwarezm.
41.6881, 60.7433
View into the Bug Pit
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

"The Bug Pit" at Zindon Prison

Where Stoddart and Connolly suffered in the infamous Bug Pit.
39.7778, 64.4106
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

The Avenue of Mausolea, a series of grand palatial tombs.
39.6631, 66.9878
Sextant at Ulugh Beg Observatory
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ulugh Beg Observatory

Light still pours into the ruins of this ancient Islamic observatory.
39.6750, 67.0050