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Tatev Monastery - Tatev, Armenia

Tatev Monastery - Tatev, Armenia

The Tatev monastery once played a notable role in the advancement of medieval Armenian culture when it housed the University of Tatev in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Theban Necropolis - Deir el-Medina, Egypt

Located on the west bank of the Nile, Deir el-Medina is an ancient Egyptian village which housed the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

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Registan Square - Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Registan Square - Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Registan, which means "sandy place" in Persian, is framed on three sides by madrasahs (Islamic schools) that each prominently display intricate tile-work intrinsic to Islamic architecture.

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 Five Flower Lake - Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

Five Flower Lake - Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

Jiuzhaigou means "Valley of Nine Villages" when literally translated from Chinese. The area is known for its crystalline water and breathtaking scenery.

Metéora, Greece

Metéora, Greece

Metéora holds a complex is six Eastern Orthodox monasteries built atop cliffs and rock formations.

 Pangong Tso - Himalayas

Pangong Tso - Himalayas

Tibetan for "long, narrow, enchanted lake," Pangong Tso extends from India to Tibet and is a delicate point in Sino-Indian border disputes.

 Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia, Turkey

This ancient region has been at one point or another home to Persians, Hittites, Assyrians and Greeks before being invaded by the Turkish tribes that still constitute the vast majority of the area's current population.

Bryce Canyon - Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon - Utah, USA

Bryce Canyon gets its distinctive geological look from its numerous hoodoos, tall, thin rock spires formed over time by erosion.

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