For anyone that does not know:
Navigation North-South was quite easy by using a sextant. Knowing mid-day where you where was also easy by noting the Sun at it's zenith.
Navigation East-West only became easy after the invention of the "chronograph" (timepiece) that was reliable. They got set at Greenwich observatory and so accurate maps could be made. This was done by noting the N-S position using a sextant and E-W by comparing local time to Greenwich time.
Hence GMT came into use. Not by imposition from a powerful empire but by scientific usefulness. Eejits!
On Telic we had a no-fire zone around the Garden of Eden and a lecture on not to destroy the muslim artefacts of their culture. After the war-fighting we patrolled near to the grids we had for the garden so visited it.
Fcuk me! 10 rounds fire for effect would have improved the place! A lone tree surrounded by a decrepit wall and knee deep in coke cans and drinks bottles. The graffitti sprayed everywhere did nothing to help either. Culture? Yeah right. Cheers for the kebabs and olives. That's about it.
I was referring to the Islamic architecture of the place. It's quite simply stunning. OK, the Orthodox church can do religious grandeur pretty well too, but it tends to go overboard with gilt and jewel like some demented magpie or a premiership footballer in mufti.
For simple elegance, the Bibi Khanum mosque is hard to beat.