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Panoramic photo by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm EXPERT Taken 04:22, 24/07/2012 - Views loading...

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A: F NO 7433

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 150 meters away

F NO 7433

B: MRK 493

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 200 meters away

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C: MRK 494

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 210 meters away

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D: MRK 488

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 210 meters away

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E: MRK 495

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 230 meters away

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F: The Tomb of Seyyid Bahaeddin Ali Dede

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 240 meters away

The Tomb of Seyyid Bahaeddin Ali Dede

G: MRK 489

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 250 meters away

MRK 489

H: F NO 7479

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 260 meters away

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I: MRK 491

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 260 meters away

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J: MRK 187

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 260 meters away

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This panorama was taken in Turkey, 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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