Britannica Learning Library Volume 11 - Views of Asia, by Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.

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Did you know that most of the stories are set in Baghdad? Baghdad is the capital of Iraq. It lies on the banks of the Tigris River. People have lived in the area where Baghdad now Baghdad stands for about 4,000 years. The city itself, however, did not develop until many years later. About 1,200 years ago a Muslim caliph (leader) named al-Mansur chose a village called Baghdad for his capital. The new city was built within rounded walls. At the center stood the caliph’s palace and a grand mosque.

The bazaars are lined with shops, stalls, and cafés. They’re filled with the noise of people bargaining for the best deal. RCH LI Many streets in the bazaar were once devoted to particular trades. You could find the Street of the Saddlers, Street of the Slipper Merchants, and Street of the Water-Pipe Makers. You could also find the Street of the Spice Men, Street of the Dyers, and many others. The longest and busiest of them all was the famous Street Called Straight. It is mentioned in the Bible.

C) the oldest port in the South Pacific. ydney is Australia’s largest city and one of the most important ports in the South Pacific Ocean. It’s also the capital of the state of New South Wales. Sydney is built on low hills surrounding a wonderful harbor on Australia’s southeastern coast. Its beaches are very popular, especially for surfing. And in 2000 the city hosted the Summer Olympic Games. Sydney Cove is the small sheltered inlet where Australia’s first permanent European settlement began. It used to be Sydney’s shipping center, and its old landing place (or quay) is now a tourist center called Circular Quay.

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