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MRK 429

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A: MRK 427

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, less than 10 meters away

MRK 427

B: ENV 220 / Mrk 430

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 30 meters away

ENV 220 / Mrk 430

C: MRK 397 - The Kemer Bath

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 40 meters away

MRK 397 - The Kemer Bath

D: MRK 422

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 70 meters away

MRK 422

E: MRK 428

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 70 meters away

MRK 428

F: F NO 2282

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 90 meters away

F NO 2282

G: F NO 6171

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 90 meters away

F NO 6171

H: MRK 425

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 90 meters away

MRK 425

I: MRK 395 - Kaditler Mosque

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 90 meters away

MRK 395 - Kaditler Mosque

J: MRK 297 - The tomb of Ahi Izzettin

by Kütahya Kültür ve Turizm, 100 meters away

MRK 297 - The tomb of Ahi Izzettin

This panorama was taken in Turkey, 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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