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Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Bibi-Khanym Mosque

Controversially restored in the 1970s, this giant 15th-century mosque is shrouded in legend.
Karbabad, Bahrain


This underground art installation recreates an ancient date honey storeroom.
Lisbon, Portugal

Church of St. Dominic

The scorched Lisbon church that survived two earthquakes and a massive fire.
Muharraq, Bahrain

Dhow Building Yard

The last place in Bahrain where you can get a custom-made dhow.
Buri, Bahrain

Dilmun Burial Mounds

These 4,000-year-old tombs form a surreal landscape.
Manama, Bahrain

The Legends of Dilmun

Is this amazing tableau depicting Gilgamesh and Enki 4,000 years old?

Bahrain Oil Well No. 1

This unassuming oil well changed the history of the Arabian Gulf.
Kouklia, Cyprus

Aphrodite's Rock

This sea stack in Cyprus is traditionally seen as the birthplace of the goddess Aphrodite.

Shajarat-al-Hayat (Tree of Life)

This centuries-old tree tells an unusual tale of vegetation and fertility in the desert.
Arad, Bahrain

Arad Fort

This beautifully historic Bahrain fortress might not be the most popular attraction around, but that might make it all the better.
Barbar, Bahrain

Barbar Temple

This archaeological site boasts temple ruins that date back 5,000 years to the Dilmun culture, and may have been described in the tale of Gilgamesh's search for immortality.
Tunis, Tunisia

Villa Yvonne

A ghostly mansion in the middle of downtown Tunis.
Tanuf, Oman


The ruins in this village were caused by something more sinister than neglect.
Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt Book Burning Memorial

Somber memorial to the May 10, 1933, book-burning which took place on this spot.
Genoa, Italy

The Lighthouse of Genoa

Depending on how it is measured, this lighthouse can claim to be the tallest in Europe and the tallest conventional lighthouse in the world.
Bahla, Oman

Bahla Fort

If you dare visit this fort, fire-breathing hyenas might devour your camels.
Takia, Oman

'What Is It?'

This mysterious anthropomorphic statuette is on display at the National Museum of Oman.
Belgrade, Serbia

Znak Pitanja (?)

Belgrade’s oldest restaurant has a rather unusual name.
Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade Milestone

This small bronze pyramid marks the center of Belgrade, but some say it is a Masonic symbol.
Guellala, Tunisia

Biggest Jar in the World

This jar honors the role that pottery has played in this Tunisian village over the past millennia.
Al Hamra, Oman

Al Hoota Cave

The biggest cave system in the Arabian Peninsula is home to a rare variety of blind fish.
Chouigui, Tunisia

Saint-Felix Church of Schuiggu

This 19th-century church was built for Sicilian immigrants, survived World War II, and today stands on a landfill.
Habib, Oman

Wadi Bani Habib

An abandoned mountain village in Habib surrounded by walnut, apricot, and pomegranate trees.
Cité Hached, Tunisia

Palais Mussolini

Despite the name, this unusual palace in rural Tunisia never belonged to an Italian dictator.