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A: 7526

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 60 meters away

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B: 7527

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 190 meters away

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C: 7502

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 250 meters away

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D: Bayt Naseef بيت نصيف

by Ali Barnawi, 250 meters away

Nassif House Bayt Nasseef is a historical structure in Al-Balad, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. As of 2009 it ...

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E: 7506

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 270 meters away

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F: 7511

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 270 meters away

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G: 7505

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 290 meters away

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H: 7507

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 310 meters away

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I: Nassif House‫-‬Al-Balad-Jeddah ‫-‬ksa

by Abdullah Al Hazza, 310 meters away

Nassif House‫-‬Al-Balad-Jeddah ‫-‬ksa

J: 7508

by Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, 360 meters away

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This panorama was taken in Saudi Arabia, 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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