Author: Don Knebel

Luxembourg Palace in Paris (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

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...

Church of St. George in Ezra, Syria (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: Ezra church: Saintly protection?

In 2015, members of a small church in Ezra, Syria, are celebrating 1,500 years of worshipping God in the same building.  Some attribute this extraordinary longevity to the contents of a special box. Ezra...

Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Ancestor of the Taj Mahal

The tomb of Emperor Humayun near Delhi, India, is a spectacular example of sixteenth century Persian architecture.  It inspired what many consider to be the most beautiful building in the world. Humayun became the...

Restored Arch of Emperor Caracalla in Volubilis, Morocco (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Volubilis: Morocco’s Roman City

The Roman ruins of Volubilis include a triumphal arch, magnificent mosaics and colonnaded temples.  Surprisingly, the ruins are in the heart of Morocco and their extensive restoration by the French may have been a...

Traditional “Garden of Gethsemane” on Mount of Olives (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: The Garden of Gethsemane

During Passion Week, Christians around the world will rehear the story of Jesus’ agony in the “Garden of Gethsemane.” Travelers to Jerusalem can visit what is said to be the very garden. But whether...

Jerusalem’s Church of Dominus Flevit. (Photo by Don Knebel) 2

Column: Visit where Jesus wept

On the day Christians remember as the first Palm Sunday, Jesus rode a donkey down the Mount of Olives from Bethpage to Jerusalem. All four Gospels report that Jewish followers acknowledged him as their...

Portion of Copper Scroll at Jordan Archaeological Museum (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Scroll: Treasure map or ancient hoax?

The so-called “Copper Scroll,” now housed in a Jordanian museum, identifies hidden caches of almost unimaginable quantities of gold and silver.  Although some scholars believe the scroll is a 2000-year-old hoax, would-be Indiana Joneses...

Section of Parthenon Frieze in the British Museum. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Will England lose its marbles?

Magnificent marble sculptures from the Parthenon are among the most popular of the eight million items in London’s British Museum. These so-called “Elgin Marbles” are also the museum’s most controversial items, with persistent claims...

“Solar Boat” in Cairo’s Boat Museum. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Khufu’s flying boat?

The Boat Museum on Cairo’s Giza Plateau was built to display a single item — a 4,500-year-old wooden boat.  Exactly why the boat was built remains a mystery. In 1954, archaeologists discovered 1,224 neatly...

Eleventh century Cappadocian fresco of St. George. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: St. George: origins of an icon

The Cappadocia region of central Turkey, home to Christian communities since the second century, includes dozens of churches carved inside the area’s unique volcanic rock formations.   An eleventh century fresco in one church...