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Przhevalsk, Kyrgyzstan

Dungan Mosque

Built entirely of interlocking pieces, construction of this Chinese Muslim house of worship required zero nails.
Xilin Gol, China

Erlian Kissing Dinosaurs

The largest dinosaurs in the world, kissing above the highway.
Hamburg, Germany

St. Pauli Elbtunnel

Hamburgers are intensely proud of their tunnel beneath the river.
Saturnia, Italy

Terme di Saturnia

Geothermal waterfalls in Tuscany.
Crespano del Grappa, Italy

Sacrario Militare del Monte Grappa

This military mausoleum captures the solemn grandeur that most memorials only aspire to.
Munich, Germany

Der Teufelstritt (The Devil's Footprint)

The footprint of a frustrated devil in Munich's Cathedral.
Province of Matera, Italy

The Village of Craco

An Italian hillside ghost town.
Alberobello, Italy

Alberobello

Southern Italy's spinning top village.
Bari, Italy

Manna of St. Nicholas of Bari

A dead saint, a deadly poison, and a mysterious holy ooze.
Hiroshima, Japan

Hiroshima's Hypocenter

A plaque marks the site directly below the mid-air detonation of the atomic bomb over Hiroshima.
Saty, Kazakhstan

Kaindy Lake

Submerged trees jut ghost-like out of an idyllic turquoise mountain lake.
Jaipur, India

Palace of Winds

The 953 windows undoubtedly make this the world's most beautiful screened porch.
Khangsar, Nepal

Annapurna

Named after the Goddess of Harvests, Annapurna is the deadliest member of the Eight-thousanders club.
New Delhi, India

Bahá'í Lotus Temple

A blooming house of worship for the masses.
Chittorgarh, India

Hill Forts of Rajasthan

A complex of six forts embedded in the Rajasthan hills.
Kyrgyzstan

Burana Tower

Lonely minaret stump of a destroyed city.
Lahore, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque

17th century mosque used for war more than worship.
Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Dushanbe Flagpole

The world's second-tallest flagpole stands proud despite dropping rank.
Muynak District, Uzbekistan

Moynaq

Once a bustling fishing port, this semi-ghost town is now more than 90 miles away from the shore.
Ulugnor District, Uzbekistan

Fergana Valley

One of the most ethnically diverse spots on the planet.
Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis

The Avenue of Mausolea is a series of grand palatial tombs.
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Arch of Neutrality

A dictator's gold statue once rotated to face the sun on a 75-meter high marble tower.
Turkmenistan

The Gates of Hell

A fiery crater has been burning in the Karakum Desert since 1971.
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Kalyan Minaret

This "tower of death" has acted as an observatory, a religious hub, and an executioner's lair.