Conference Center and Hotel Bethania, Harissa, Lebanon
The Lady of Lebanon, Harissa
Situated some 20km north of Beirut, the Jeita Grotto ranks among the world’s most splendid caves. It ...
Ruins and excavations of the 8000 year old city of Byblos, Lebanon
Crusader's fortress in Byblos, Lebanon. Built in the 11th century when Byblos was conquered by the Ch...
Beirut - Archeological site It's not just the archeological site itself that shows history. Around th...
Beirut - Al-Amin Mosque From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammad_Al-Amin_Mosque): The Mo...
Beirut - Nijmeh Square This square (or should we say round) is the middle of the magnificently restor...
Beirut - Archeological site
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.