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Panorama of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan The Silk Road was a network of trade routes which connected the East and West, and was central to the economic, cultural, political, and religious interactions between these regions from the 2nd century BCE to the 18th century. The Silk Road primarily refers to the land routes connecting East Asia and Southeast Asia with South Asia, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and Southern Europe. The Silk Road derives its name from the lucrative trade in silk carried out along its length, beginning in the Han dynasty in China (207 BCE–220 CE). The Han dynasty expanded the Central Asian section of the trade routes around 114 BCE through the missions and explorations of the Chinese imperial envoy Zhang Qian, as well as several military conquests. The Chinese took great interest in the security of their trade products, and extended the Great Wall of China to ensure the protection of the trade route. The Silk Road trade played a significant role in the development of the civilizations of China, Korea, Japan, the Indian subcontinent, Iran, Europe, the Horn of Africa and Arabia, opening long-distance political and economic relations between the civilizations. Though silk was the major trade item exported from China, many other goods and ideas were exchanged, including religions (especially Buddhism), syncretic philosophies, sciences, and technologies like paper and gunpowder. So in addition to economic trade, the Silk Road was a route for cultural trade among the civilizations along its network. Diseases, most notably plague, also spread along the Silk Road. In June 2014, UNESCO designated the Chang'an-Tianshan corridor of the Silk Road as a World Heritage Site. The Indian portion is on the tentative site list. photo: Zeiss Loxia 21mm
Created 04/10/2019 by Flaviopsv
The authentic side of Santorini. Dug into the red volcanic rock, underneath the picturesque village of Oia, besides the crystal clear waters and the deep blue
Created 25/09/2019 by SCHOOFS Robert
The Citadel, or Hawler Castle, sits on a low hill top surrounded by modern day Erbil located in Iraqi Kurdistan. Origonally settled as early as 5000BC (7000 years ago) the Citadel and has been held by the Sumerian, Assyrian, Sassanid, Mongol, Christan, and Ottoman empires and was home to as many as 1600 residents in 1995 (last census). In 2010 the Kurdish goverment, with assistance from neighboring countries, started the process of moving out all the residents and starting renovations with a budget of $14 million, as 2014 the site was declared a UNESCO World Haritage site. Today you are welcome to visit and wander around the Citadel freely and visit a couple of shops, museums, or mosqus that are still there but unfortunatly much of the Citadel is currently closed off due to ongoing renovations. Source:
Created 19/09/2019 by Erik Bjers
Gold King Mine & Ghost Town is a private museum located outside of Jerome, Arizona and features a wide collection of rusty old trucks, diggers, tractors, mining machines, and various other junk spread out all over the place. You are free to wander through the rows of rusty old trucks as you look a the treasures of the past. By it's self Gold King is not worth a trip but as an add on to a day trip to Jerome it is a worthy stop if you like old machines.
Created 16/09/2019 by Erik Bjers