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قصر السقاف : يقع في مكة المكرمة في حي المعابدة شارع الأبطح, وهو من المباني القديمة بمكة ويحمل الطابع المعماري الإسلامي الجيد لاحتوائه على كثير من العناصر الفنية والزخرفية الإسلامية, وهو بناء كبير وضخم مكون من طبقتين وله مدخل رئيس كبوابة تتوسط الواجهة الشمالية, وله مدخلان ثانويان على نظم الواجهة الرئيسة نفسها, ويلحق بالمبنى في الركن الشمالي الشرقي ما يشبه القلعة أو البرج الحربي ذا الفتحات المستطيلة
"Saggaf Palace:It is situated in Mecca – Ma'abdah Quarter, Al-Abtah Road. It is one of the oldest buildings in Mecca distinguished by the Islamic architecture with many decorative Islamic architectural and technical elements. This palace is a huge building comprising of two levels with main entrance as a gate in the middle of the northern façade. It has two minor entrances in the main wall and in the north-eastern side there is a fortress-shaped building or military tower with rectangular skylights and ventilations.
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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.