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Caesarea

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A: Caesarea Israel

by Alex Avgustinov - Valentis Studio, 20 meters away

Caesarea Israel

B: The Bosnian Mosque, Caesarea, Israel

by Zoran Strajin, 70 meters away

Caesarea is a town in Israel located mid-way between Tel Aviv and Haifa, on the Israeli coastal plain...

The Bosnian Mosque, Caesarea, Israel

C: Caesarea Maritima sculpture

by Zoran Strajin, 120 meters away

Caesarea Maritima ("by the Sea") is located on the shore in the center of Israel,  in the middle betw...

Caesarea Maritima sculpture

D: Sightseeing, Caesarea Maritima, Israel

by Zoran Strajin, 130 meters away

Sightseeing, Caesarea Maritima, Israel

E: Diving Club, Caesarea, Israel

by Zoran Strajin, 160 meters away

Caesarea Maritima ("by the Sea") is located on the shore in the center of Israel,  in the middle betw...

Diving Club, Caesarea, Israel

F: Caesarea Maritima

by Alex Avgustinov - Valentis Studio, 180 meters away

Caesarea is a town in Israel on the outskirts of Caesarea Maritima, the ancient port city. It is loca...

Caesarea Maritima

G: Caesarea Maritima, early in the morning, Israel

by Zoran Strajin, 330 meters away

Caesarea Maritima, early in the morning, Israel

H: Israel Caesaria Maritima

by Alex Avgustinov - Valentis Studio, 400 meters away

Israel Caesaria Maritima

I: Roman Amphitheatre, Caesaea, Israel

by Zoran Strajin, 690 meters away

Today, the amphitheater is not only a spectacular relic of the past, but a modern performing venue wh...

Roman Amphitheatre, Caesaea, Israel

J: CC - 1st floor lobby - L

by Zoran Strajin, 2.3 km away

CC - 1st floor lobby - L

This panorama was taken in Israel, 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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