Visiting Mayan Temples: Uxmal vs. Chichen Itza

Although not the only Mayan temple complexes on the Yucatan Peninsula, these two are certainly the most famous. Oh and they are both UNESCO SITES! (Uxmal & Chichen Itza) 🙂 We were lucky enough on our last trip to visit both complexes, which I recommend if you have the time; if not, here is a [...]

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Student Series! Moses: The Chosen One

In Ancient Egypt there was a new pharaoh that rose to power and enforced slavery upon the Israelite tribes. This slavery was extremely harsh and the Israelite slaves were treated brutally by the Egyptian masters. The pharaoh saw the Israelites as a threat because of their big population, so to control this population he commanded [...]

Student Series! Jerusalem

Jerusalem, considered one of the holiest city in the entire world has long been divided over three of the world’s major religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Dome of the Rock contains the Foundation Stone which is important to all three religions as the traditional site of the Sacrifice of Isaac. Although these religions have a [...]

Student Series! Medieval Church Architecture

During the Middle Ages religion and worship were a large part of daily life. As Christianity's beliefs progressed, grew stronger and spread further, larger and larger churches were rapidly constructed. Massive stone buildings with ornate and detailed architecture quickly spread through Medieval Europe. Most medieval churches were shaped like a cross; this layout had a [...]

Student Series! Levels of Feudalism

Feudalism was a social system that was used during the European Middle Ages. In this social system kings and popes fought for power, lords were provided land in exchange for military service, and peasants sought to survive. “The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.” --Elizabeth Cady Stanton Life of [...]

Student Series! Medieval Pilgrims

In the Middle Ages, many people went on journeys called a pilgrimages. “A pilgrimage is a journey a pilgrim makes to a sacred place for the purpose of venerating it or to ask for heavenly aid, and ultimately to come to know God better” (World Youth Day).  Although you did not have to be religious [...]