Souvenirs all around, Bethlehem
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Souvenirs all around, Bethlehem

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Bethlehem (House of Bread - House of Lahmu) is located about 10 Kilometers (6 miles) southwest of Jerusalem by the hill country of Judea on the way to Hebron. It is first mentioned in the Armana letters fourteen centuries BCE.

Bethlehem is sacred to all three religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

The Hebrew Bible identifies Bethlehem as the city David was from and the location where he was crowned as the king of Israel. The New Testament identifies Bethlehem as the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth. The town is inhabited by one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, although the size of the community has shrunk due to emigration.

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A: MERRY CHRISTMAS! - Observing a Little Town of Bethlehem from Above - The Milk Grotto and the Church of the Nativity in sight

by Zoran Strajin, 10 meters away

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MERRY CHRISTMAS! - Observing a Little Town of Bethlehem from Above - The Milk Grotto and the Church of the Nativity in sight

D: Basilica St Catharina in Bethlehem

by Werner Joemann, 30 meters away

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E: Souvenirs Factory, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 30 meters away

Souvenirs Factory, Bethlehem

F: Outside the Factory - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 50 meters away

Outside the Factory - Bethlehem

G: Milk Grotto (detail) - Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 60 meters away

Milk Grotto (detail) - Bethlehem

H: Wooden Art Factory - dark, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 60 meters away

Wooden Art Factory - dark, Bethlehem

J: In the Factory of Wooden Souvenirs, Bethlehem

by Zoran Strajin, 70 meters away

In the Factory of Wooden Souvenirs, Bethlehem

This panorama was taken in West Bank, Middle East

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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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