Category: Travel

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...

Thirteenth-century Clock Tower in Orvieto, Italy. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Orvieto: Piazzas and Popes

The small Italian city of Orvieto (“Old City”) was founded by the Etruscans atop a butte formed from soft volcanic rock. The sides of the butte are so steep that a funicular now takes...

Zürich Town Hall in Limmat River. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Zürich: A Zwinglian Legacy 

With fewer than 400,000 residents, Zürich, Switzerland, houses the world’s second-largest gold market and fourth-largest stock exchange. Its per capita income is among the highest in the world. Some see Zürich’s remarkable economic successes...

Snake Charmer on the Square in Marrakesh, Morocco. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Marrakesh: Cobras on the Square 

When Marrakesh (or Marrakech) was a stop along the international “hippie trail,” Crosby, Stills and Young sang fondly of “blowing smoke rings” and “charming cobras on the square.” Today, smoke rings are harder to...

Courtyard of Home of Jose Fuster near Havana. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Fusterlandia: A Cuban oasis

U. S. citizens can now travel to Cuba legally for the purpose of interacting with Cuban artists. “Fusterlandia,” a visual fantasyland in an otherwise drab neighborhood, is one of the most popular destinations on...

Eighteenth-century Bullring in Ronda, Spain (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Ronda’s wings and rings

Ronda, a picturesque city in southern Spain, was once famous as the home of the first person to attempt to fly. Ronda is famous today as the home of the family that invented modern...

Jordanian bagpipers at Jerash’s Southern Theater (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Jerash: Ruins and bagpipes

The Roman ruins at Jerash, 30 miles north of Amman, are among the best-preserved of any ancient city. Because of meticulous restorations, visitors can almost imagine they have returned to the second century, making...

The Pantheon of Paris (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Hearts and Minds in the Pantheon

In 1744, King Louis XV promised Madame de Pompadour, his official mistress, a new church honoring St. Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, if he survived his mysterious illness. He recovered and the resulting...

Crac des Chevaliers near Homs, Syria. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Syria’s castle of the knights

Syria’s Crac des Chevaliers is the best preserved Crusader castle in the world. Its fortifications foiled one of the most capable military leaders in history and have thus far survived the current war in...