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A: Mitchelpark gegenüber dem Zion in Jerusalem

by Werner Joemann, 240 meters away

Mitchelpark gegenüber dem Zion in Jerusalem

B: Yanina & Eric wedding

by Ernesto Jorysz, 290 meters away

Yanina & Eric wedding

C: Jerusalem Lane

by Alexsander Kurayev, 350 meters away

Jerusalem Lane

D: Moshes Montefiore windmill

by Tamir Orbaum, 380 meters away

Moshes Montefiore windmill in Jerusalem

Moshes Montefiore windmill

E: Moshes Montefiore carriage

by Tamir Orbaum, 400 meters away

Moshes Montefiore carriage Jerusalem

Moshes Montefiore carriage

F: Jerusalem Mill

by Alexsander Kurayev, 400 meters away

Jerusalem Mill

G: Surf Guitarist - Mamilla Street, Jerusalem

by Zoran Strajin, 440 meters away

Surf Guitarist - Mamilla Street, Jerusalem

H: Surf Guitarist - Mamilla Street, Jerusalem

by Zoran Strajin, 450 meters away

Surf Guitarist - Mamilla Street, Jerusalem

I: GUE under Old City

by Chaka, 540 meters away

GUE under Old City

J: View of Old city. Jerusalem

by Furman Artjem, 580 meters away

View of Old city. Jerusalem

This panorama was taken in Israel, 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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