Tomb of the Patriachs, Hebron
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Tomb of the Patriachs, Hebron

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The Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron is the traditional site of the burial of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The main structure was built by Herod the Great in the first century BC. Today it houses both a mosque and synagogue.

  • Hebron AlKhaleel 10 months ago
    This is not in "israel" this is deep in the heart of Palestine. Get your facts straight.
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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.

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