Category: Travel

Stone Tower in Jericho, Palestinian Territories (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: The Walls of Jericho

Jericho, in the Palestinian Territories, is best known as the city where Joshua “fit the battle” and the “walls come tumblin’ down.” Archaeologists cannot confirm that famous Biblical story, but did unearth a tower...

Torre del Oro in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Seville’s Tower of Gold

The Torre del Oro (“Tower of Gold”) reflects an era in which Seville, Spain, became the economic and cultural center of Europe. The source of the tower’s alluring name remains a mystery. Seville lies...

Morro Castle in Havana, Cuba. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Morro castle and the 14th colony

With Americans now able to travel to Havana, they can visit a sixteenth century fortress that played a role in creating an often-overlooked fourteenth English colony. Spanish explorers founded Havana in 1519 near a...

Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: Istanbul’s underground forest

After the Western Roman Empire collapsed in the late fifth century, the Eastern Empire remained a center of culture and learning. When Justinian I became Eastern Emperor in 527 A.D., he set about adding...

Luxembourg Palace in Paris (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: Luxembourg Palace: Bawdy no more

The Luxembourg Palace in Paris, the seat of the French Senate, is the epitome of decorum and elegance. But almost exactly 300 years ago, the palace was notorious for debauchery and excess by a...

Church of St. George in Ezra, Syria (Photo by Don Knebel) 1

Column: Ezra church: Saintly protection?

In 2015, members of a small church in Ezra, Syria, are celebrating 1,500 years of worshipping God in the same building.  Some attribute this extraordinary longevity to the contents of a special box. Ezra...

Tomb of Mughal Emperor Humayun. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Ancestor of the Taj Mahal

The tomb of Emperor Humayun near Delhi, India, is a spectacular example of sixteenth century Persian architecture.  It inspired what many consider to be the most beautiful building in the world. Humayun became the...

Restored Arch of Emperor Caracalla in Volubilis, Morocco (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Volubilis: Morocco’s Roman City

The Roman ruins of Volubilis include a triumphal arch, magnificent mosaics and colonnaded temples.  Surprisingly, the ruins are in the heart of Morocco and their extensive restoration by the French may have been a...

Traditional “Garden of Gethsemane” on Mount of Olives (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: The Garden of Gethsemane

During Passion Week, Christians around the world will rehear the story of Jesus’ agony in the “Garden of Gethsemane.” Travelers to Jerusalem can visit what is said to be the very garden. But whether...

Nicole Ambrogi on her trip to Menphis, Tenn. (Submitted photos) 1

Freedom rider: Carmel grad recalls trip to Memphis

Commentary by Nicole Ambrogi Editor’s Note: Nicole Ambrogi, a 2011 Carmel High School graduate, is majoring in elementary education at IUPUI. Ever since I was young, I have always been interested in social justice...