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Somewhere in the Taurus Mountains, Turkey

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Somewhere on a small path in the Taurus Mountains (toros daglari) in Turkey.

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A: Cave in the Taurus Mountains, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 300 meters away

Entrance to a cave somewhere in Taurus Mountains (toros daglari) in Turkey.

Cave in the Taurus Mountains, Turkey

B: Natural Rock Bridge, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 670 meters away

This is a natural rock bridge, somewhere in the Taurus mountains (toros daglari) in Turkey.

Natural Rock Bridge, Turkey

C: Hittite rock relief of Ivriz, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 710 meters away

This is the Hittite rockrelief of Ivriz from the 8th century BC. It shows the Hittite king Warpalawas...

Hittite rock relief of Ivriz, Turkey

D: Natural Rock Bridge, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 810 meters away

This is a natural rock bridge, somewhere in the Taurus mountains (toros daglari) in Turkey.

Natural Rock Bridge, Turkey

E: Ruins of a Monastery, Taurus Mountains, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.2 km away

Byzantine (?) ruins of a monastery somewhere in a deep valley in the Taurus mountains in Turkey. This...

Ruins of a Monastery, Taurus Mountains, Turkey

F: Ruins of a Monastery, Taurus Mountains, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.2 km away

Byzantine (?) ruins of a monastery somewhere in a deep valley in the Taurus mountains in Turkey. Ther...

Ruins of a Monastery, Taurus Mountains, Turkey

G: Hittite Rockrelief, Ivriz, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 1.3 km away

This is the Hittite copy (Ivriz 2) of  the Hittite rockrelief of Ivriz from the 8th century BC. It sh...

Hittite Rockrelief, Ivriz, Turkey

H: Kayasaray, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 8.5 km away

Kayasaray, the name of the village, means rock palace. And according to the village people there are ...

Kayasaray, Turkey

I: Crater Lake Meke Gölü, Turkey

by Heiner Straesser - derPanoramafotograf.com, 56.4 km away

The Meke Gölü is a lake inside the crater of a volcano. In the center is another volcano from a later...

Crater Lake Meke Gölü, Turkey

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by NT360 Sanal Tur, 71.5 km away

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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