Author: Don Knebel

Statue of Frederick V in Amalienborg Palace. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Lessons from a Copenhagen Statue

“The Little Mermaid” is Copenhagen’s most famous statue. A short walk away, an older and larger statue carries an important message. In 1748, King Frederick V of Denmark/Norway ordered redevelopment of a waterfront area...

Church of St. Simeon the Stylite. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: World record for pole sitting

One of the world’s oldest churches honors a fifth-century ascetic whose record for endurance has remained unbroken. The church itself originated a design that is still emulated. The person known as Simeon the Stylite...

Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate from the West. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Brandenburg Gate: Symbol of Unity

For nearly 30 years, Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate was a symbol of division. It is now a symbol of German pride and unity. In about 1788, Prussian King Frederick William II ordered construction of a...

West Side of United States Capitol in 2013. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: The Capitol: Homage to Roman Gods?

The Capitol in Washington, D.C., is among the most-recognizable buildings in the world. Even the name of this symbol of American democracy mirrors European religious buildings, some of them pagan. In 1791, Pierre L’Enfant,...

Vasa Warship in Stockholm’s Vasa Museum (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Vasa: Stockholm’s famous ship on display

The most popular museum in Scandinavia features an ill-fated Swedish warship launched almost 400 years ago. The museum also holds lessons about hubris and obsequiousness. By the early seventeenth century, Sweden was the third...

Memorial Chapel of St. Mary’s Church in Lübeck, Germany. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Lübeck and the bells of St. Mary’s

Lübeck, in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, was one of the most important cities in Europe during the late Middle Ages. Today, the city features magnificent medieval architecture and a poignant message from...

Cape of Good Hope from Cape Point, South Africa (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Legendary Cape of Good Hope

Cape Point, a UNESCO World Heritage site situated 30 miles south of Cape Town, South Africa, offers an extraordinary view of the famous Cape of Good Hope, which is neither the southernmost point of...

Cleopatra and Caesarion on Temple of Hathor (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: Dendera temple and ties to Cleopatra

Visitors to the Dendera temple of Hathor experience one of the best preserved of all Egyptian temples. They also see a rare image of one of the most fascinating women in history. When Alexander...

Stone Tower in Jericho, Palestinian Territories (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: The Walls of Jericho

Jericho, in the Palestinian Territories, is best known as the city where Joshua “fit the battle” and the “walls come tumblin’ down.” Archaeologists cannot confirm that famous Biblical story, but did unearth a tower...