The Middle East, like Asia, has held a certain wonder for western minds. In the 17th century Monsieur Thévenot traveled to “The Levant”, visited many sights with spiritual significance, and recorded his journey for a mostly Christian western European audience. Other authors followed and again relayed their journeys to European and American readers. Today many people visit the area to see sights with religious, historical, and cultural significance.
Clements, John O.
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The Travels of Monsier de Thevenot into the Levant