Category: Travel

The castle in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Maria Theresa’s castle

A castle visible throughout Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, once helped protect the Roman Empire from Barbarians.  More recently, it has served as a meeting place between East and West. The four-towered Bratislava Castle...

Ma’loula, Syria, in November 2010 (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The language of Jesus in Ma’loula

Until a few years ago, visitors to an ancient mountainside village in southwestern Syria could hear the words of Jesus in his own language.  Today, those words have been temporarily silenced. Ma’loula (or Maaloula)...

Southern façade of Doge’s Palace in Venice. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Missing portrait in Doge’s Palace

The Doge’s Palace on the Grand Canal recalls the era when Venice was a major maritime power, its thousands of ships reaching England and Egypt. One of the palace’s most notorious features remembers a...

Tomb of I’timád-ud-Daulah in Agra. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Draft of the Taj Mahal

The tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah in Agra, considered a “draft of the Taj Mahal,” is one of the most beautiful structures in India. Unfortunately, this exquisite jewel box of a building is little known outside...

Flame of Liberty above Pont de l’Alma Tunnel (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Paris’ accidental memorial

A monumental flame in Paris was intended as a symbol of friendship between two nations. A tragic coincidence transformed that flame into a much-visited memorial. In 1989, the International Herald Tribune donated to the...

Mordecai Maisel’s grave in Josefov (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Josefov: A place to remember

Josefov, a small area in Prague, remembers the struggles and successes of European Jews. Ironically, the area survives because of Adolph Hitler’s efforts to exterminate them. Jews began living in Prague during the 10th...

The eastern end of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Illusions of the Parthenon

The Parthenon, atop the Athens Acropolis, represents the epitome of classical architecture and the inspiration for buildings around the world, including the United States Supreme Court Building. Its timeless appearance results from a number...

Along Amsterdam’s Singel Canal. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The canals of Amsterdam

Since 2010, Amsterdam’s canal ring has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. Since the 17th century, this unique transportation system has allowed visitors to the Netherlands’ capital to reach what is probably the city’s...

Western façade of the U. S. Supreme Court Building. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: America’s temple of justice

During its first 145 years, the United States Supreme Court was homeless. Its current home pays homage to the many sources of American legal traditions. When the Supreme Court first convened in 1790 it...

Memorial to Peter in Capernaum, Israel. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Capernaum: The healing place

Capernaum, then a prosperous fishing village on the northwestern shore of Israel’s Sea of Galilee, was the site of many of Jesus’ healing miracles. Visitors today can stand above a house associated with one...