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الربذه: من اشهر المواقع الأثرية على طريق الحج من الكوفة الى مكة، وهي الى الشرق من المدينة المنورة بحوالي 200 كم وقد أثمرت التنقيبات الأثرية على مدى عشرين عاماً في الكشف عن المدينة السكنية المكونة من المنازل المدعمة بأسوار ضخمة و أبراج وبقايا مسجدين وخزانات المياه الرضية و صناعات فخارية و خزفية متعددة وصناعات حجرية وحلي و أدوات الزينة. وبالربذة بركتان رئيسيتان إحداهما دائرية والأخرى مربعة الشكل. ar-Rabadha: A very famous earl Islamic city situated on the pilgrimage route running between al-Kufa in Iraq to Makkah a-Mukarramah. It lies about 200 km east of Medina al-Munawwarah. Twenty years excavation work on the site revealed a very well developed city consisting of large houses with huge fortified walls, watch towers, remains of mosques, water reservoirs, pottery kilns, stone industries, necklaces and other ornaments in addition to two large circular and square shaped water reservoirs. For more information: http://www.scta.gov.sa
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.