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Milk Grotto - place traditionally described as the site where the Virgin Mary stopped to breast feed the Baby Jesus - Bethlehem

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A: Milk Grotto (detail) - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 10 meters away

Milk Grotto (detail) - Bethlehem

B: Milk Grotto - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 20 meters away

Milk Grotto - Bethlehem

D: In the Factory of Wooden Souvenirs, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 30 meters away

In the Factory of Wooden Souvenirs, Bethlehem

E: Basilica St Catharina in Bethlehem

by Werner Joemann, 40 meters away

Basilica St Catharina in Bethlehem

F: Milchgrotte in Bethlehem neben der Geburtsgrotte

by Werner Joemann, 40 meters away

Milchgrotte in Bethlehem neben der Geburtsgrotte

G: Wooden Art Factory - dark, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 50 meters away

Wooden Art Factory - dark, Bethlehem

H: Souvenirs Factory, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 50 meters away

Souvenirs Factory, Bethlehem

J: Wooden Art Factory, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 60 meters away

Wooden Art Factory, Bethlehem

This panorama was taken in West Bank, 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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