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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun

A white Buddhist temple with a golden restroom.
Shaki, Azerbaijan

Palace of the Shaki Khans

Foreign invaders almost left this lovely Caucasus palace alone—almost.
Yerevan, Armenia

The Matenadaran

This medieval manuscript collection has some of the most obscure and ancient texts in the world.
Odessa, Ukraine

Potemkin Stairs

Featured in one of the most iconic scenes in cinema history.
Butuceny, Moldova

Orheiul Vechi Cave Monastery

This 13th century Orthodox monastery is built right into the Moldovan cliffside.
Tiraspol, Moldova

Transnistria

A forgotten remnant of the Soviet Union, Transnistria is an unrecognized country hidden behind a heavily militarized border between Moldova and Ukraine.
Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Bock Casemates

An expansive complex of subterranean tunnels is all that remains of one of Europe's most formidable medieval fortresses.
Ghent, Belgium

Gravensteen

This fairytale castle was built as a show of power but was nearly torn down thanks to its history of torture.
Sark, Guernsey

Sark Prison

One of the world's smallest prisons boasts just two small cells.
Saint Peter Port, Guernsey

Castle Cornet

An 800-year-old island castle in Guernsey's main harbor.
Dublin, Ireland

The Long Room Library at Trinity College

The gorgeous library at Trinity College is home to remarkable treasures of Irish identity.
Gibraltar

Gibraltar Airport

Single runway interrupted by a busy road that cuts across its middle.
Tunis, Tunisia

Tunis Medina

The ancient heart of Tunis is an enormous maze of narrow streets and alleyways.
Tozeur, Tunisia

Chott el Djerid

The largest salt lake in the Sahara is mysteriously alluring.
Matmatat-Al-Qadimal, Tunisia

Matmata Underground Houses

Made famous by "Star Wars," these troglodyte homes face an uncertain future.
Lefkoşa, Cyprus

Büyük Han

The largest caravanserai in Cyprus also includes amazing examples of Ottoman architecture.
Nicosia, Cyprus

Cyprus Buffer Zone

This no man's land slicing through the island is strewn with abandoned relics of another time.
East Jerusalem, Israel

Immovable Ladder on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

A "miracle" that seems to produce more holy fistfights than holy revelations.
Beit Hanania, Israel

Hadrianic Aqueduct of Caesarea

Built by a king and rebuilt by an emperor, this aqueduct transported water for 1,200 years to this ancient Mediterranean hub.
Wadi Rum Village, Jordan

Wadi Rum

Known as the "Valley of the Moon," this Jordanian wadi is one of the most amazing desertscapes on Earth.
Petra District, Jordan

Little Petra

A more chill but no less fascinating version of the famous ancient archeological site.
Jordan

Petra

An ancient capital city that dates back 3,000 years old and harbors many surprises.
Madaba, Jordan

Madaba Mosaic Map

The world's oldest map of the holy land gives us a fragmented glimpse of the layout of biblical nations.
Jerash, Jordan

The Ruins of Jerash

Gladiators battle and chariots race daily in the ruins of a once-great Roman city.