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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.
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.
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.
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.
Menzel Jemil, Tunisia

Rimel Beach

An eerie ship cemetery with gunfire as a soundtrack.
Ras Angela, Tunisia

Ras Angela

The northernmost point of continental Africa—or is it?
Hammam Lif, Tunisia

Abandoned Casino

This gem of Moorish architecture is slowly disintegrating along the coast of this charming town.
Hara Sghira Er Riadh, Tunisia


An awesome blend of traditional architecture and street art.
Hammat-al-jarid, Tunisia

El Hamma Water Cooler

Geothermal resources are cooled in this oddly-shaped structure before being used for irrigation
Al Ayn, Oman

Beehive Tombs of Al Ayn

The best-preserved beehive tombs in Oman with spectacular backdrop.
Guermassa, Tunisia


A charming Amazigh village carved into a mountaintop.
Ilidža, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hotel Austria & Bosna

In 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand spent his final night alive at this luxurious hotel.
Subaytilah, Tunisia

Baptismal Pool

A superb Paleo-Christian baptismal pool is preserved among the ruins of ancient Sufetula.
North Macedonia


After witnessing the rise and fall of three empires, this ancient city was finally destroyed by a series of earthquakes.
Pristina, Kosovo


The site of a legendary 14th-century battle and a controversial 20th-century speech.
Tirana, Albania

Bunk’Art 2

In the heart of Tirana, this underground nuclear bunker has been transformed into a museum.