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Larnaca, Cyprus

Larnaca Salt Lake

Once part of an ancient international harbor, it's now an all-you-can-eat shrimp buffet for flamingos and other water birds.
Lagoudera, Cyprus

Panagia tu Araka

Breathtaking Byzantine paintings cover the inside of this 12th-century church.
Paphos, Cyprus

The Mosaics of Paphos

The ancient mosaics here are considered among the finest in the world, and serve as a stunning record of Greco-Roman daily life.
Doha, Qatar

Souq Waqif

Qatar's oldest market can trace its origins back more than a century.
Qatar

Inland Sea

The shallow, salty inlet was a safe haven for 19th-century pirates.
Muscat, Oman

Chandelier at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

This spectacular mosque houses the second-largest chandelier in the world.
Oman

Telegraph Island – Jazirat al Maqlab

This remote British Imperial telegraph relay outpost drove men insane.
Kuta Selatan, Indonesia

Luhur Uluwatu Temple

This Balinese sea temple is thought to be guarded by the hundreds of monkeys that live around it.
Subotica, Serbia

Raichle's Palace

This dazzling Art Nouveau mansion is now home to the Modern Art Gallery Subotica.
Kostolac, Serbia

Viminacium

At this archaeological site, visitors can explore the ruins of the capital of the former Roman province of Moesia.
Rilski manastir, Bulgaria

Rila Monastery

This historic black and white monastery is one of Bulgaria's architectural jewels.
Sofia, Bulgaria

The Necropolis of St. Sophia Church

Underneath this Byzantinian church lies a necropolis filled with ancient tombs and the ruins of previous churches.
Sofia, Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

A striking symbol of the Bulgarian capital.
Cricova, Moldova

Wine Cellars of Cricova

Seventy-five miles of limestone caves host more than a million bottles of wine beneath a sleepy Moldovan town.
Butuceny, Moldova

Orheiul Vechi Cave Monastery

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

'Welcome to Gagauzia' Sign

This sign marks the entrance to a tiny proto-state within the small country of Moldova.
Madrid, Spain

Salt Street Watchmaker

An automaton perched above an classic clock and watch store
Madrid, Spain

Air Crash

A whimsical brother of the nearby Fallen Angel statue takes the falling part quite literally.
Madrid, Spain

Tío Pepe Sign

For decades, Puerta del Sol has been illuminated by a giant, guitar-wielding bottle of sherry.
Madrid, Spain

Kilometre Zero

A stone slab in Madrid marks the point from which the distances of Spain's national roads are measured.
Madrid, Spain

El Oso y el Madroño (The Bear and the Strawberry Tree)

This sweet-toothed bear searching for snacks has been a symbol of Madrid for decades.
Madrid, Spain

The Lady of Elche

An iconic and controversial ancient Iberian funerary urn with a hauntingly penetrating gaze.
Madrid, Spain

Guanche Mummy of Madrid

This embalmed man is one of the best preserved mummies from the Canary Islands.
Madrid, Spain

San Antonio de los Alemanes

The little church's beautifully frescoed ceiling has earned it the nickname “the Sistine Chapel of Madrid.”