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Darul Aman Palace
Kabul, Afghanistan

Darul Aman Palace

What was once supposed to be the symbol of a shining Afghani future is now a bombed-out ruin.
34.4645, 69.1186
Bagram Valley, Afghanistan today.
Bagram, Afghanistan

Site of Alexandria on the Caucasus

The West's first incursion into the Afghan world lies buried beneath a military base.
34.9403, 69.2550
Herat, Afghanistan

Jihad Museum

Museum dedicated to overthrowing the Soviets, complete with diorama of Soviets being beaten to death with shovels.
34.3419, 62.2031
A closer look on the niche of the Great Buddha
Bamyan, Afghanistan

Site of the Bamiyan Buddhas

Once an impressive link to Afghanistan’s Buddhist past, now a sad reminder of intolerance towards other cultures.
34.8321, 67.8268
The lakes are known for their deep blue waters (Wikimedia Commons)
Yakawlang, Afghanistan

Band-e Amir Lakes

Splashes of blue in an otherwise monotonous lunar landscape.
34.8387, 67.2326
The new bridge and the trench
Aybak, Afghanistan

Stupa of Takht-e Rostam

Highly unusual subterranean stupa and adjacent cave monastery.
36.2458, 68.0217
The Oval Forum in Jerash, and the Cardo Maximus
Jerash, Jordan

The Ruins of Jerash

Gladiators battle and chariots race daily in the ruins of a once-great Roman city.
32.2769, 35.9056
"Stone of the Pregnant Woman" from a distance
Baalbek, Lebanon

Baalbek Trilithon

The largest hewn stone in history.
34.0049, 36.2115
The Castle of Masyaf (Flickr/Samuel Santos)
Masyaf, Syria

Musyaf Castle

The Syrian headquarters of alleged hashish-smoking assassins.
35.0701, 36.3469
6th Century Image of Saint Simeon
Syria

Church of Saint Simeon the Stylite

What is left of the pillar of Saint Simeon, the voluntary martyr who climbed the column to give his sermons, remaining perched there for thirty-seven years.
36.3341, 36.8442
Palmyra, Syria

Palmyra

Mysterious lost empire of the Silk Road.
34.5511, 38.3025
Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross
İkizler Köyü, Turkey

Armenian Cathedral of the Holy Cross

An ancient church on a tiny island covered in stone bible stories has controversially been turned into a museum.
38.3403, 43.0369
Batumi, Georgia

Alphabetic Tower

Tower with a double-helix spiral, adorned with letters of the Georgian alphabet.
41.6560, 41.6396
Georgia

Sarpi Border Checkpoint

A gleaming white and undulating tower marks the border between Georgia and Turkey.
41.5204, 41.5478
(Flickr/Jean & Nathalie)
Ocaklı Köyü, Turkey

Minuchir Mosque of Ani

Remnants of successive wars and Muslim colonialism in the 11th century.
40.5051, 43.5700
Ocaklı Köyü, Turkey

Ani Ghost City

An abused and forgotten metropolis, abandoned for centuries.
40.5075, 43.5728
A taxidermied lion lies on its side, broken.
Cairo, Egypt

Agricultural Museum of Cairo

A huge museum of much more than just agriculture displayed in a princess's palace.
30.0470, 31.2098