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Petra

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A: Temple of Petra

od Rami Saarikorpi, 10 meters away

Temple of Petra

Temple of Petra

B: Petra, The Treasury

od Atila Bezdan, 10 meters away

Petra, The Treasury

C: PETRA, Jordan

od Biju Thomas, 10 meters away

Petra has been elected by the world community in 2007 as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. I...

PETRA, Jordan

D: Petra, Treasury

od Marek Koszorek, 10 meters away

Petra, Treasury

E: Treasury

od Jouni Pekkanen, 20 meters away

A Nabatean structure built perhaps around 100 BC, of unknown purpose, maybe a temple, royal tomb or e...

Treasury

F: Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan.

od Assaf Bezalel, 20 meters away

Hand held panorama, using a Nikon D90, nikkor 10.5mm and a philopod.About the city of petra in wikipe...

Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan.

G: Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan

od Assaf Bezalel, 50 meters away

Hand held panorama using a Nikon D90, Nikkor 10.5mm and a philopod. information about the city of pet...

Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan

H: Petra Jordania

od Rami Saarikorpi, 150 meters away

Petra Jordania

I: Petra Treasury

od William Hamblin, 160 meters away

The "Treasury" is a monumental tomb from the first century AD at the entrance to the valley of Petra,...

Petra Treasury

J: Petra

od JAN Maglasang, 310 meters away

Petra

Petra

This panorama was taken in Jordan, Middle East

This is an overview of Middle East

Modern civilization began right here in the Tigris-Euphrates river valley. Also known as the Fertile Crescent or Mesopotamia, this is the place where, six thousand years ago, agriculture, writing and mathematics were brought into widespread use.

The term "Middle East" comes from the British navy, which used it to describe the countries on the trade route from Europe to India and China. Everything from Afghanistan to Morocco may possibly be classified as "middle eastern", depending on whom you ask -- and when.

Only a partial list of past Empires in the middle eastern territory includes Sumeria, Babylonia, Persia, the Ottoman Empire and the Roman Empire!

When northern Europe was still lurking about in slimy cold stone castles playing chess, the Middle East was enjoying the flowers of poetry, luxurious craftsmanship, music and literature. In fact, the Renaissance in Europe was partly inspired by stories brought back from the middle east by travelers along the trade route.

Strategic location, religious history and the world's largest supply of crude oil have kept the Middle East at the center of world activity for centuries. The saga continues.

Text by Steve Smith.

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