Situated in the Kidron Valley next to the Mount of Olives and Mount Scopus, Emek Tzurim National Park is rich with history and tradition and covers over 42 acres of land. View hundreds of olive trees, some covered with mistletoe, and other Mediterranean vegetation. See two rock-hewn cisterns and agricultural equipment from various periods in history.
Take part in the project called “The Temple Mount Sifting Project” in which visitors can sift through the soil that was removed from the Temple Mount by the Muslim Waqf and find ancient artifacts. View thousands of items that have been found here including pottery, Roman coins, arrowheads from Nebuchadnezzar’s army, Roman gaming dice, seal rings with ancient Hebrew writing, and ornamented Second Temple period stones.
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.