Author: Don Knebel

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...

Torre del Oro in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Seville’s Tower of Gold

The Torre del Oro (“Tower of Gold”) reflects an era in which Seville, Spain, became the economic and cultural center of Europe. The source of the tower’s alluring name remains a mystery. Seville lies...

Morro Castle in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Morro castle and the 14th colony

With Americans now able to travel to Havana, they can visit a sixteenth century fortress that played a role in creating an often-overlooked fourteenth English colony. Spanish explorers founded Havana in 1519 near a...

Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: Istanbul’s underground forest

After the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the late fifth century, the Eastern Empire remained a center of culture and learning. When Justinian I became Eastern Emperor in 527 A.D., he set about adding...

Luxembourg Palace in Paris (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: Luxembourg Palace: Bawdy no more

The Luxembourg Palace in Paris, the seat of the French Senate, is the epitome of decorum and elegance. But almost exactly 300 years ago, the palace was notorious for debauchery and excess by a...