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Semey, Kazakhstan

Stronger Than Death Monument

This 100-foot tall tombstone memorializes victims of 40 years of nuclear testing in Kazakhstan.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Al Balad

For centuries, Jeddah’s old town was a major trading port and a point of entry for Hajj pilgrims traveling by sea.
Woudenberg, Netherlands

Pyramid of Austerlitz

A grassy pyramid named after a French battle.
Esch-sur-Sûre, Luxembourg

Esch-sur-Sûre Castle

Once the local rulers had gone these enchanting ruins housed common folk in an almost real life fairy tale.
Kumi, Uganda

Nyero Rock Paintings

Six rock shelters covered in abstract art created by ancient Ugandan tribes.
Uganda

Murchison Falls

Where the White Nile River dramatically cascades between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert in Uganda.
Meknes, Morocco

Royal Stables of Meknes

The ruins of an early-18th-century complex that could once house up to 12,000 horses.
Fez, Morocco

Merenid Tombs

Crumbling necropolis set high above Fez.
Arromanches-les-Bains, France

Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches

Remains of the artificial harbours invented for the Allied invasion of Normandy can still be seen at sea.
Berbera, Somalia

Berbera Shipwrecks

A surprising number of shipwrecks visible just off the Somaliland coast.
Santpoort-Zuid, Netherlands

Brederode Castle

The ruins of a medieval castle that once belonged to one of the most powerful families in the Netherlands.
Haarlem, Netherlands

Teylers Museum

Oldest Museum of the Netherlands is a true cabinet of curiosities.
Al Ula, Saudi Arabia

Mada'in Saleh

Ancient Nabatean caravan city filled with desert tombs.
Hegra, Saudi Arabia

Mada'in Salih

The remote tomb known as Qasr al-Farid is carved right into a giant Saudi Arabian boulder.
Saudi Arabia

Al Wahbah Crater

This giant volcanic crater holds its very own field of salt.
Pechory, Russia

Pskov-Caves Monastery

This 15th-century cave complex is one of the very few monasteries to stay open throughout World War II and the Soviet regime.
Pristina, Kosovo

National Library of Kosovo

A futuristic, brutalist masterpiece that is also strangely prison-like.
Pristina, Kosovo

Newborn Monument

This massive monument was unveiled the day Kosovo declared independence from Serbia.
Pula, Croatia

Pula Arena

One of the best-preserved Roman amphitheaters is still used today, but for less brutal events.
Blagaj, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Blagaj's Dervish Monastery

This picturesque monastery at the base of a cliff is a peaceful oasis open to all visitors.
Bajina Bašta, Serbia

Drina River House

For over 40 years, this quaint little house has teetered on a rock in the middle of a river.
Mombasa, Kenya

Fort Jesus

This colonial fort is an intriguing example of Renaissance military architecture.
Mizhhirs'kyi district, Ukraine

Synevyr Lake

This stunning mountain lake was named for a pair of tragic lovers whose statues stand at the center.
Thành phố Hội An, Vietnam

Japanese Covered Bridge

One of Vietnam's most iconic landmarks was built by Japanese merchants and is now in danger of sinking.