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Petra cave

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A: Petra, The Royal Tombs

by Atila Bezdan, 20 meters away

Petra, The Royal Tombs

B: Royal Tombs, Petra

by Marek Koszorek, 130 meters away

Royal Tombs, Petra

C: Roman Theater Petra

by Marek Koszorek, 300 meters away

Roman Theater Petra

D: Petra, near Roman Amphitheatre

by Atila Bezdan, 310 meters away

Petra, near Roman Amphitheatre

E: Petra

by Atila Bezdan, 370 meters away

Petra

F: Petra hill view

by Rami Saarikorpi, 400 meters away

Petra hill view

Petra hill view

G: The Siq (narrow canyon) of Petra, Jordan

by William Hamblin, 400 meters away

The entrance to Petra is through a long narrow canyon known as the Siq.  Along the way there are nume...

The Siq (narrow canyon) of Petra, Jordan

H: Church of Petra

by Rami Saarikorpi, 490 meters away

Church of Petra

Church of Petra

I: Petra Treasury

by William Hamblin, 540 meters away

The "Treasury" is a monumental tomb from the first century AD at the entrance to the valley of Petra,...

Petra Treasury

J: Petra Treasury - Al Khazneh Jordan

by Mohamed Attef, 600 meters away

Petra Treasury - Al Khazneh Jordan

This panorama was taken in Jordan, 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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