Category: Travel

Eleventh century Cappadocian fresco of St. George. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: St. George: origins of an icon

The Cappadocia region of central Turkey, home to Christian communities since the second century, includes dozens of churches carved inside the area’s unique volcanic rock formations.   An eleventh century fresco in one church...

Canaanite City Gate at Tel Dan (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Tel Dan: Proof of King David

Underground springs and runoff from Lebanon’s Mount Hermon create a lush landscape in the Galilee Panhandle of northeast Israel far different from the remainder of the country.  This fertile area includes Tel Dan, a...

Tower of Belém as seen from the east. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Lisbon’s Tower of Belém

By 1500, Portuguese seafarers had explored the western coast of Africa and sailed around the Cape of Good Hope to India, bringing new ideas and images back to Europe. The iconic “Tower of Belém,”...

Ruins of Palace at Medina Azahara. (Photo by Don Knebel) 0

Column: Versailles of the Middle Ages

Medina Azahara (Shining City) near Cordoba, Spain, was the most dazzling city in the entire world during its very short life. Ironically, its premature demise allowed its architectural innovations to survive. In 929 A.D.,...

Pancha Rathas Shrines in Mamallapuram, India (Photo by Don Knebel) 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...

St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome (Photo by Don Knebel) 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...

Pharaoh Ramses II with Horus, Isis and Osiris at Abydos. (Photo by Don Knebel) 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,...

Citadel Hill in Amman, Jordan (Photo by Don Knebel) 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...

Saints Eustochium, Paula, Jerome, and Eusebius of Cremona in Jerome’s Bethlehem Cave (Photo by Don Knebel) 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...

Cape Town’s Table Mountain from Company’s Garden. (Photo by Don Knebel) 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...