Neon Night - Muristan, Jerusalem
Muristan, which means "hospital" in Persian, is a maze of streets and shops in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was here that the first hospital of the Knights of St John was located. The Muristan area is located just south of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. It has a long hospitaller tradition going back to the 2nd century BC.
Excavations of the Muristan were done at the turn of the 20th century. It showed that the Hospitaller complex occupied an approximately square area that measures 160 yards (east-west) and 143 yards (north-south). Little was left of the original buildings. What remains included the Church of Mar Hanna, a series of arches on David Street, and the remains of the north door of the Hospitaller's church of St. Mary Latina, which were incorporated into the modern Church of the Redeemer. Today what remains of the hospital is a modern memorial in a small recess barred from the street with an iron gate and an enclosed yard.
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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.