Entries by David Raezer

Madaba Map: Mosaic of Jerusalem

The Byzantine church St George in Madaba, Jordan, is home to the “Madaba Map,” an impressive and by far the most well-known mosaic in the Holy Land. Floor map mosaic. Dating from the second half of the 6th century, the floor map mosaic depicts the geography of the Holy Land in the 6th century. It […]

Cultural Insight: Buddhist Prayer Beads

The use of prayer beads, or japa malas, in both Buddhism and Hinduism speaks to a historical connection between the two faiths; however, Buddhist japa malas typically contain a lesser number of beads than the Hindu japa malas’ 108 — it is usually a divisor of 108. There many potential explanations for the significance of […]

Downtown NYC Gem: SoHo & TriBeCa’s Cast Iron Architecture

A walk around downtown New York City is full of distractions — from ambulance sirens, to darting cyclists, to fantastic shopping.  It naturally leads to a head-down, straight ahead approach.  As tempting as that inclination is, remember to look up as you might otherwise miss some incredible architecture! New York City’s TriBeCa and SoHo neighborhoods […]