Anjar Ummayade Palace Lebanon
Rediscovered around 1940, this site was completely forgotten. It is believed to have been the site of the antique Chalcis.
The site of Anjar, as it can be seen today, is dated from the VII century and hosted a califa dynasty for only a few decades.
Sun shine view on the Umayyad Anjar Ruins
View from a Restaurant in Bloudan near Damascus Syria, towards the mountains at the border to Libanon...
One of the many churches in Syria. Approx. 10% of the syrian population are christians. March 2007
If you thought there is no snow in Syria.... you are wrong.... here 40 min. from Damascus in mid March.
Kfardebian Mzaar is Lebanon's largest and most popular ski resort. It is located at an altitude over ...
Skiing in Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon often give you the chance to also enjoy a view on t...
Lebanon is a land of water, this is also why the country position is geopolitically so complex. As it...
Situated some 20km north of Beirut, the Jeita Grotto ranks among the world’s most splendid caves. It ...
This is a 360 image of some villages in the South of Lebanon. The original image size is 13 Gigapixel...
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.