Author: Don Knebel

Column: Pancha Rathas: Honoring a poem 0

Column: Pancha Rathas: Honoring a poem

Monumental shrines carved in solid rock in southeast India pay homage to a poem that influences the lives of hundreds of millions of people every day.  The shrines themselves, although never completed, have also...

Column: Bones of first pope still at St. Peter’s 0

Column: Bones of first pope still at St. Peter’s

Despite contrary claims, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome remains the world’s largest church, featuring the world’s tallest dome.  Roman Catholics are more inspired by what they believe is its link to the bones of...

Column: Abydos: Triads and Trinities 0

Column: Abydos: Triads and Trinities

The Great Temple at Abydos is famous for its richly detailed scenes of Egyptian gods. Those scenes can help explain why many Muslims believe the Christian doctrine of the Trinity has pagan origins. Abydos,...

Column: Citadel Hill’s history parade 0

Column: Citadel Hill’s history parade

Visiting a single hill in Amman, Jordan, provides an opportunity to see where many of the empires of the Middle East battled and left their marks. It also provides an opportunity to stand on...

Column: Bethlehem’s other cave 0

Column: Bethlehem’s other cave

Christians all over the world travel to Bethlehem this time of year to see the cave below the Church of the Nativity where tradition says Jesus was born.  Another Bethlehem cave honors the man...

Column: Cape Town: Beauty and Brains 0

Column: Cape Town: Beauty and Brains

Cape Town, the second largest city in South Africa, is picturesquely nestled between Table Bay and Table Mountain. Especially on days when a cloud layer known locally as the “table cloth” hovers above its...

Column: Aleppo: Cry for Me 0

Column: Aleppo: Cry for Me

Before the current fighting, few Americans had heard of Aleppo, Syria’s largest city. That fighting is threatening to destroy one of the most inclusive cities in the Middle East, the ancient center of which...

Column: History in a Havanna hotel 0

Column: History in a Havanna hotel

The 10-story building overlooking the Havana Harbor bears an intentional resemblance to a famous Florida hotel.  The Cuban version has had a much more colorful past than its American relative. Havana’s Hotel Nacional lies...

Column: Washington’s Old Virginia Home 0

Column: Washington’s Old Virginia Home

Two hundred twenty-five years ago, George Washington issued a proclamation from New York, asking Americans to thank God on Nov. 26, 1789, for “affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government...

Column: Hippos: The City on a Hill 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...