Category: Travel

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...

The Palace of Westminster (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Westminster’s home of traditions

The Palace of Westminster, lying along the west bank of the River Thames, is the official name of the building housing England’s Parliament. Although most of the eight-acre complex was built in the 19th...

Adalaj Stepwell near Ahmedabad (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: India’s underground water temples

Visitors to India are accustomed to looking up for the achievements of Indian architects. But uniquely Indian structures called “stepwells” lie below the surface and are as fascinating as tombs and temples. One of...

Ruins of Qumran, near the Dead Sea (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls

In 1946, Bedouins exploring caves near Jericho found the first of the “Dead Sea Scrolls.”  Who wrote them and why they were hidden is still disputed, but their effect on understanding first century Jewish...

Temple Wall at Edfu. (Photo by Don Knebel)

Column: The ark or Edfu

People have long speculated about the fate of the Ark of the Covenant the Bible says the Israelites carried during their Exodus from Egypt. Although of no help on that question, a well-preserved Egyptian...

Column: Michelangelo’s Marble Miracles

Column: Michelangelo’s Marble Miracles

In 1501, the overseers of Florence, Italy’s recently-completed Duomo gave a 26-year-old sculptor an already chiseled abandoned block of Carrara marble to see what he could make of it. What the young Michelangelo made...