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Panoramic photo by Rami Saarikorpi PRO EXPERT Taken 08:58, 14/01/2009 - Views loading...

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A: Petra Temppeli

by Rami Saarikorpi, less than 10 meters away

Petra Temppeli

C: Dana National Reserve

by Marek Koszorek, 64.8 km away

This marvelous palce in Dana National Reserve is where we spent 2 nights in Rummana Camp, day tempera...

Dana National Reserve

D: Dana Natural Reserve, View from Jabal Rummana

by Marek Koszorek, 65.5 km away

Dana Natural Reserve, View from Jabal Rummana

E: Little Petra

by Henk Bos, 79.3 km away

Little Petra

F: Petra hotel

by Rami Saarikorpi, 79.5 km away

Petra hotel

G: Path to Petra

by Atila Bezdan, 79.8 km away

Path to Petra

H: Path to Petra

by Atila Bezdan, 79.9 km away

Path to Petra

I: Petra, Entrance to the Siq

by Atila Bezdan, 80.1 km away

Petra, Entrance to the Siq

J: Petra, the Siq

by Atila Bezdan, 80.2 km away

Petra, the Siq

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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