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From its first incarnation as the Manhattan Opera House, home of Oscar Hammerstein's Manhattan Opera Company, to its current status as a multi-purpose facility, the Manhattan Center has been a premier venue for a wide array of cultural, media and entertainment clients.
In 1976, the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, purchased the Manhattan Center with the intent of utilizing the facility to give birth to a new cultural movement that could create a moral revolution in the arts and in so doing create the conditions whereby art could manifest its true purpose.
Stelae have provided invaluable evidence to archaeologists of the customs, beliefs, and laws of ancient cultures as many contain long, detailed inscriptions. The Code of Hammurabi was inscribed on a tall stele atop which stands the form of Hammurabi facing the throne of the sun god Shamash, gesturing as if to explain his code which was inscribed immutably in stone. Other significant stelae include the Rosetta Stone, which, inscribed in three languages, was the key to translation of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic writing. In addition, numerous stelae have been found throughout the world as grave markers and monuments to those who were instrumental in advancing their own society.