10 of the Middle East's greatest ancient wonders

Story highlights

  • This month on Inside the Middle East, CNN explores some of the region's archeological treasures
  • Inside the Middle East chooses 10 of the region's must-visit historical sites
  • Locations include the Roman ruins of Baalbek, the great temple at Karnak and the once-lost city of Troy
This month, CNN's Inside the Middle East explores some of the Middle East's archeological treasures.
Steeped in history, the Middle East has more than its fair share of ancient treasures and UNESCO World Heritage sites.
From Petra, the red-hued city carved into the rock of southern Jordan's dramatic desert to the old walled city of Shibam in Yemen and the beautifully preserved Roman ruins of Baalbek in Lebanon, Inside the Middle East chooses 10 of the region's must-visit historical sites.
Baalbek, Lebanon
Known as the "City of the Sun," Baalbek in the Lebanon's fertile Bekaa Valley is among the best -preserved Roman ruins in the Middle East. Built on a magnificent scale that rivaled even ancient Rome, pilgrims from across the empire flocked here to worship. Today, Baalbek hosts an annual arts festival making it a major cultural hub as well.
Persepolis, Iran