The Pool of Bethesda: The Gospel of John says Jesus healed a paralyzed man at this ritual pool in Jerusalem surrounded by five colonnades. Many scholars doubted it existed until archaeologists discovered clear traces beneath the ruins of these centuries-old churches. At top, an icon that venerates the Madonna and child. Read more.
Where is this? Since 2010, Ryota Kajita has photographed patterns that occur both underneath and atop the layers of ice over this U.S. state’s rivers, lakes, swamps, and ponds. The under-ice formations he has photographed range from 10 to 30 inches in diameter, Kajita says. Many of the formations are frozen bubbles of gases such as methane and carbon dioxide trapped under ice. Where does Kajita photograph them? Click here to find out.
A 1,000-year-old skyline: When you pass a bend of a river in central Myanmar (Burma), you see a myriad of rose-colored pagodas and temples (pictured above)rising above red soil and emerald green vegetation. You’ve reached the center of an ancient civilization. The sacred land, which contains one of the world’s largest concentrations of Buddhist temples, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.