Author: Don Knebel

Western gate of Hippos, near Ein Gev. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Hippos: The City on a Hill

Since 1630, when Puritan leader John Winthrop addressed his followers onboard the ship Arbella, politicians have likened the American experience to the shining “city on a hill” described by Jesus in his Sermon on...

West End of Notre Dame from Seine River Bridge. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Notre Dame: Famous supporters

The Cathedral of Notre Dame is perhaps the most famous church in the world. Its current configuration has links to an ancient vision and a famous novel. In 1160 the Bishop of Paris wanted...

Courtyard of the Maidens in Seville’s Real Alcázar. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Seville’s Mudéjar Palace

The Real Alcázar (royal palace) in Seville, Spain, is the oldest European palace still being used. Important parts of what is now a UNESCO World Heritage site were built by a fourteenth-century Christian king...

Athens Agora, with Mars Hill on the Right. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Gods and politics in Athens agora

The colonnaded Parthenon atop the flat hill of the Athenian Acropolis is one of the most recognizable structures in the world, epitomizing Classical architecture. But the buildings below the Acropolis were more important to...

Traditional sarcophagus of King David (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Who’s in David’s tomb?

A building south of the Armenian section of Jerusalem’s Old City is probably the only building on earth deemed holy by Jews, Christians and Muslims. The building also shows how historical realities can become...

The Mall, leading to Buckingham Palace (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: The Mall of London

Early in the 20th century, residents of London developed a case of street envy. Their 25,000 streets did not include a single one like Avenue des Champs-Élysées or Pennsylvania Avenue that was suitable for...

Cairn at Scotland’s Culloden Battlefield (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Culloden: Scotland’s Gettysburg

When Scottish citizens voted recently on whether to sever ties to England, some carried with them memories of a bloody battle 278 years ago.  For them, the Culloden Battlefield memorializes English oppression. In 1707,...

Wall at Medinet Habu Showing Ramses III Battling the Sea People (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Medinet Habu: Philistines in Egypt

The well-preserved mortuary temple of Ramses III at Medinet Habu celebrated the pharaoh’s earthly achievements and allowed priests to nourish his soul so he could live forever as a god.  The temple is best...

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Blue Mosque: Domes and eggs

The Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul’s most popular tourist destinations, often seen as an example of classic Islamic architecture.  Like other domed mosques, its design actually mimics a famous church. But its pest...

The Grande Arche de la Defense in Paris (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: The Parisian Arch of Progress

Strolling along the wide sidewalks of Avenue Champs-Élysées, visitors to Paris can enjoy the architectural charms of a city that seems to have avoided the sterile high rises of other major cities.  Paris has...