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B: Jerusalem

by Ernesto Jorysz, 70 meters away

Jerusalem

C: Near Dome of the Ascension, Temple Mount, Jerusalem

by Zoran Strajin, 90 meters away

The Dome of the Ascension (Qubbat al-Miraj) is a free-standing dome that commemorates the Islamic pro...

Near Dome of the Ascension, Temple Mount, Jerusalem

D: Temple Mount (Haram Ash-Sharif), Dome of the Rock in sight, western approach, Old City, Jerusalem

by Zoran Strajin, 100 meters away

The Temple Mount,is identified in both Jewish and Islamic tradition as the area of Mount Moriah where...

Temple Mount (Haram Ash-Sharif), Dome of the Rock in sight, western approach, Old City, Jerusalem

E: Dome of the Rock - West Entrance

by Zoran Strajin, 110 meters away

Dome of the Rock - West Entrance

I: Temple Mount (al- Haram al- Sharif), Dome of the Rock in sight, west approach, Old City, Jerusalem

by Zoran Strajin, 150 meters away

 Located in the Old City's Muslim Quarter, this is the world's third holiest shrine to Muslims (after...

Temple Mount (al- Haram al- Sharif), Dome of the Rock in sight, west approach, Old City, Jerusalem

J: Jerusalem dome of the Rock (Felsendom)

by Roland Lahner, 150 meters away

Jerusalem dome of the Rock  (Felsendom)

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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