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A: 20121115 Img 2697 Panorama Cube Equi

by Alon Rocheeld, less than 10 meters away

20121115 Img 2697 Panorama Cube Equi

B: Cafe in Sderot Hativat HaNegev

by Chaka, 80 meters away

Cafe in Sderot Hativat HaNegev

C: Cross Road

by Chaka, 320 meters away

Cross Road

D: Eilat morning

by Chaka, 400 meters away

Eilat morning

E: November cold nights

by Chaka, 740 meters away

November cold nights

F: Eilat. Hotel Lagoona. Pool view.

by Arkadi Kiesel, 1.2 km away

Eilat. Hotel Lagoona. Pool view.

G: Eilat, North Beach

by Atila Bezdan, 1.9 km away

Eilat, North Beach

H: Eilat, North Beach

by Atila Bezdan, 1.9 km away

Eilat, North Beach

I: Eilat, beach, wall between Aquaba

by Atila Bezdan, 2.1 km away

Eilat, beach, wall between Aquaba

J: Eilat, Coral Reef Beach, Divers

by Atila Bezdan, 5.6 km away

Eilat, Coral Reef Beach, Divers

This panorama was taken in 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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