View from a Restaurant in Bloudan near Damascus Syria, towards the mountains at the border to Libanon March 2007
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.
Rediscovered around 1940, this site was completely forgotten. It is believed to have been the site of...
Sun shine view on the Umayyad Anjar Ruins
Restaurant in Sednaya Syria Aug. 2007
Wikipedia Long a center of Christian pilgrimage, pilgrims from all over the world seek Saidnaya for r...
The Monastery of Sedneya near Damascus
Shrine of the fourty, a very small mousque at the top of a mountain, west of Damascus city in Syria. ...
the preferred pass time on a friday afternoon is a picnic with the family in the shade of a tree.
Wikipedia: "Tishreen Park is one of the largest and popular parks in Damascus. It is home to the year...
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.