Jupiter & Bacchus
Towering over Baalbek, the Roman temple complex is considered the world’s largest and most intact.
Temple of Jupiter: The temples 22-m high columns dwarf the 7.5 meter-high pillars of the Acropolis in Athens
Temple of Bacchus: Used as a fort in Mameluk times, the temple dedicated to the God of Wine is largely intact
The Cedars of Bcharré, also called "Al Arz" or "Les Cèdres" is a magical place, a place were energy i...
Nested at some 2500 meters of the lebanese mountains, a small heaven. Fresh fishing, pure water, shee...
Kfardebian Mzaar is Lebanon's largest and most popular ski resort. It is located at an altitude over ...
Skiing in Mediterranean countries such as Lebanon often give you the chance to also enjoy a view on t...
If you thought there is no snow in Syria.... you are wrong.... here 40 min. from Damascus in mid March.
One of the many churches in Syria. Approx. 10% of the syrian population are christians. March 2007
View from a Restaurant in Bloudan near Damascus Syria, towards the mountains at the border to Libanon...
Lebanon is a land of water, this is also why the country position is geopolitically so complex. As it...
Wikipedia: Ma'loula or Maaloula (Arabic: معلولا), is a village in the Rif Dimashq Governorate in Syr...
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.