Category: Travel

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...

The south side of Vienna’s Schönbrunn Palace. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Schönbrunn Palace: The house Maria built

Some Americans may remember that Maria Theresa of Austria was the mother of Marie Antoinette, who lost her head during the French Revolution. Most don’t know that Maria Theresa built a luxurious summer residence...

Little Mermaid Statue in Copenhagen Harbor. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The little mermaid of Copenhagen

Copenhagen’s iconic statue of the Little Mermaid is a must see for visitors. It has also become an inviting target for vandals and protestors. In 1819, Hans Christian Andersen, then 14, moved to Copenhagen,...

Ruins of Castle of Dürnstein, Austria (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Dürnstein and King Richard

Dürnstein is a charming village along the Danube River in northeast Austria, 50 miles upstream from Vienna. Its main claim to fame is an ancient castle that once held as prisoner English King Richard...

The Parliament Building in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Budapest, a city on the Danube

Presumably because Hungary does not figure much into U.S. political or religious history, far fewer Americans visit Budapest than London, Paris or Rome. That is unfortunate. Budapest is one of the world’s great cities,...

New Town Hall in Prague. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Prague’s deadly windows

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is one of the most beautiful and peaceful cities in modern Europe. Ironically, the city’s name has long been associated with a brutal way of settling religious...

Road to Nazareth, through Israel’s Arbel Pass (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The history of Arbel Pass

Millions of years ago, shifting tectonic plates formed Israel’s Jordan River Valley and sheared a rocky plateau just west of the Sea of Galilee, creating two small mountains with steep cliffs and a narrow...

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Never again: A promise or hope?

A Berlin memorial remembering the Jewish victims of the Holocaust was intended to provide a visual reminder about what can happen when a society gives itself over to hate. Not everyone is getting the...

Great Mosque of Damascus with Jesus Minaret. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Jesus and the mosque

The Great Mosque of Damascus is considered by some Muslims to be the fourth most important mosque on earth, following mosques in Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem. Surprising to many Christians, the Great Mosque, one...