Author: Don Knebel

Traditional sarcophagus of King David (Photo by Don Knebel)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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...

Picture of Gandhi at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati Ashram. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Ahmedabad’s home of independence

Ahmedabad is the world’s third-fastest growing city. Despite needing residential land, the Indian government has reserved prime real estate along Ahmedabad’s central river as a memorial to the man Indians revere as the Father...

Fresco in Chora Church Depicting the Resurrection. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Iconic images in Istanbul

After touring the Hagia Sophia, many visitors assume they have seen the best Byzantine art in Istanbul. They have not. What may be the most impressive collection of medieval mosaics and frescoes in the...