Monument Audio Guides

Building Stories:

An Exhibit of Monumental Architecture from Around the World

“Stories matter. Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign, but stories can also be used to empower and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity. . . “

~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The Danger of a Single Story”

Civilizations tell stories not only through texts but through monuments and buildings. Through images, symbols, and designs, monuments tell us about the values, beliefs, and power dynamics of the people who created them.  Our students’ exhibits reflect their study of the Roman Empire and the spread of Christianity and Islam throughout the Middle Ages, and make a connection to monuments created in the United States in traditional and untraditional uses of this medium.

Note: This Digital Exhibit contains only the audio guides for the monument projects. Please visit us at the JCC on the Palisades to view the monument boards in person!

Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius

Abbey Church of Saint Foy

Taj Mahal

Peace and Justice Memorial

Column of Trajan

Great Mosque at Cordoba

Chartres Cathedral

USS Arizona Memorial

Arch of Titus

San Vitale


Statue of Liberty


Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Dome of the Rock

Lincoln Memorial