Religion

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Did you know Jewish heritage in the Americas began in the Caribbean island of Curacao? Curacao Synagogue Mikve Israel-Emanuel is the oldest active Jewish congregation in the Western hemisphere.

Curacao’s Jewish Heritage - the “Mother Synagogue of the Americas”

Saaremaa, Estonia: An Island Window into the Singing Revolution

Welcome to Saaremaa, Estonia! This is Estonia’s biggest island, a place where you can explore the ruins of a Maasi fortress; Karja Church, the spa town of Kuressaare as well as get a unique view into Estonia’s fascinating history

Saaremaa, Estonia: An Island Window into the Singing Revolution

The Estonia Song Festival: Cultural Immersion in Tartu

Tartu is Estonia's 'Culture Capital', and I had come here to learn more about the Estonia Song Festival. Meet Uku and Kadi and let them guide you through the University of Tartu's 19th century Lock-Up, the Estonian National Awakening and insight into roots of Estonia's choral culture.

The Estonia Song Festival: Cultural Immersion in Tartu

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Antonio Avilés Burgos of Orocovis

Explore the Puerto Rico santos tradition, a form of religious folk art believed to be at least two centuries old. Meet fourth generation santero Antonio Burgos of Orocovis and learn from collectors about the master artisans and symbolism

On Puerto Rico’s Santos Trail: Antonio Avilés Burgos of Orocovis

Songs of the Seto, Estonia & the Cycle of Life

Meet the women of the Seto, Estonia and share culture through voice! Leelo singing is a tradition of the Seto people, an ethnic minority of southeastern Estonia. The members of the Leiko choir share their time-honored traditions

Songs of the Seto, Estonia & the Cycle of Life

Estonia’s Onion Route & The Old Believers

In southeastern Estonia, the Russian Old Believers live on the Onion Route; the history behind their chief crop on the Russian/Estonia border has roots in religious reforms. The Old Believer faith is in rich in traditions: clean & dirty sides of the house, sweet tea ceremony, patterns that tell life stories, symbolic grave markers & cherished Slavonic texts.

Estonia’s Onion Route & The Old Believers

Paphos, a Treasure Trove of Ancient Art & Archaeology

Travel to Paphos in Cyprus, a treasure trove of ancient art and archaeology, recognized as an UNESCO World Heritage site. Paphos has over 2,000 years of history and features Roman villas, Byzantine Monasteries, the Temple of Aphrodite, and the Neophytos monastery with spectacular ancient Orthodox Christian iconography. Let BCD introduce you to Cyprus' culture before you travel!

Paphos, a Treasure Trove of Ancient Art & Archaeology

Cyprus’ Painted Churches of Troodos Mountains & Kykkos Monastery

Can a UNESCO World Heritage site be off-the-beaten-path? Enjoy the peace & tranquility of the ten painted churches of the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus! The village of Pedoulas is home to the Church of the Archangel Michael, rich with ancient iconographic murals. At nearby Kykkos Monastery, meet Father Benidiktos, and learn about a day in the life of a a young monk. Let BCD's in-depth coverage offer you a unique encounter with Cyrpus' cultural and heritage before you travel!

Cyprus’ Painted Churches of Troodos Mountains & Kykkos Monastery