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A glimpse of the lost art of painted wooden synagogues popularized among Eastern European Jewish communities in the 17th and 18th centuries
Bayt Farhi, a Sephardic palace in Ottoman Damascus, helps us to learn about the complex history of Damascus's Jewish quarter and ongoing challenges with contemporary restorations
The remains of thousands of enslaved New Yorkers lay below the streets, sidewalks, and towers of lower Manhattan
Learn about the complex history of a 19th-century Kwakwaka'wakw belt and its relationship to Kwakwaka'wakw cultural revitalization, World's Fairs, and photographic manipulation.
The original Ghetto, on a small Venetian island, hides Renaissance era synagogues of startling beauty
Acts of sacred theft, Venice as a mosaic of treasures from afar
Invasion, reconstruction, and trafficking all threaten this biblical site—but even today, Iraqis regularly visit.
The long forgotten residents of Seneca Village were evicted to make way for Central Park.
Terrorists overran Palmyra twice despite international cries for protection, sowing irreversible destruction.
The Spanish destroyed the main Aztec temple: an expression of spiritual and political conquest.
Easter Island is world famous, but local people are only now reasserting control over their history.