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Old Havana, founded in 1519, has baroque and neoclassical architecture reflecting Caribbean, Spanish, French, and British influences. Historic structures survive in the original urban plan.

Old Havana, Cuba

Valletta, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, has approximately 300 historic monuments. From 1522 to 1798, it was a bastion of the Order of St. John, with a rich European battle history.

City of Valletta, Malta

Japan's imperial capital until the 19th century was Kyoto, founded in 794 A.D. It has famous temples, shrines, castles, and gardens that define Japanese architecture and landscape.

Ancient Kyoto, Japan

Machu Picchu is a 15th-century Inca stronghold in the Andes. Since its recovery a century ago, historians and archaeologists have puzzled over its purpose.

Machu Picchu, Peru

Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in memory of his wife in the 17th century. It represents Mughal architecture and art.

Taj Mahal, India

Known for its fairy chimneys and underground cities carved into soft volcanic ash, Cappadocia offers a surreal landscape and a rich history of hidden civilizations.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Famous for its annual wildebeest migration, Serengeti National Park spans over 5,700 square miles and is home to diverse African wildlife, including the 'Big Five'.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hierapolis and Pamukkale's travertine terraces are UNESCO World Heritage Sites noted for their natural beauty and Roman and Byzantine bath history.

Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Turkey

With over 3,000 years of history, Rome's historic center includes iconic landmarks like the Pantheon, Forum, and Colosseum, reflecting its rich cultural and archaeological heritage.

Historic Centre of Rome, Italy

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