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Featured Article: Manhattan Center

Manhattan Center in New York City
The Manhattan Center building, built in 1906 and located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, houses Manhattan Center Studios (home to two recording studios), its Grand Ballroom, and the Hammerstein Ballroom, one of New York City's most renowned performance venues.

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.

Popular Article: Stele

A stele, often Anglicized as stela, plural stelae, is a free-standing stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected for funerary or commemorative purposes, territorial markers, and to commemorate military victories. They were a common, though independent, cultural manifestation in all the ancient civilizations of the world, particularly in the Ancient Near East, Greece, Egypt, Ethiopia, and, quite independently, in China and some Buddhist cultures, and, more surely independently, by Mesoamerican civilizations, notably the Olmec and Maya. Today, forms of stele are still used, most often in war monuments.

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.