Maaloula is the city in Syria. There people is speaking aramaic. I took this panorama in the center of city. Also there is the first christian convent in the world - of St.Tekla.
Wikipedia: Ma'loula or Maaloula (Arabic: معلولا), is a village in the Rif Dimashq Governorate in Syr...
In the rocks next to the monastery there is chapel and sanctuary
The Monastery of Sedneya near Damascus
Restaurant in Sednaya Syria Aug. 2007
Syrian Railways acquired 10 train sets made by ROTEM of South Korea. Here on the way from Damascus to...
Cafeteria in new train set made in Korea by Rotem. Syrian Railways (CFS = Chemin Fer Syrienne) bought...
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.