Where in the World Archives

March 2019 Issue

Amphitheatre of El Djem, Tunisia


Although modeled after the well-known Colosseum in Rome, the structure seen in our January mystery photo was recognized by most of those submitting answers this month as the Amphitheatre of El Djem (a town formerly called Thysdrus) in the North African country of Tunisia. The camel parked in front of the structure was a good clue.

At its widest point, the well-preserved amphitheater measures 486 feet, and at one time, the tiers of seats rose to a height of 118 feet. It is estimated that the structure was able to accommodate up to 35,000 spectators. Its construction is believed to have begun in AD 238 by order of the province's proconsul, Gordian. Built with no foundation and made entirely of stone blocks, it served as a fortress during the Middle Ages.

Sixty-four correct answers were submitted, and ARLENE BOND of Fort Worth, Texas, won the drawing. We thank Rick Sinding of Princeton, New Jersey, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Stephen Addison, Charlotte, NC; Brita Bishop, Dallas, TX; WINNER: Arlene Bond, Fort Worth, TX; Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Frances Carrico, Phoenix, AZ; Michael Anthony Chrusciel, Riverview, MI; Marjorie A. Clark, Lone Tree, CO; Tom Conner, Scottsdale, AZ; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Carla De Went, Grandville, MI; Marlene Dehn, Davis, CA; Christine Donchin, Ashland, OR; Steve Drosman, Encinitas, CA; Theresa Egan, Gaithersburg, MD; T. Myers Elefant, San Jose, CA; Steven Emmet, Encinitas, CA; Heidrun Foggatt, Phoenix, AZ; Deborah Futch, Winter Haven, FL; Janice Gay, Vero Beach, FL; Jean Giacchina, Grosse Pointe Park, MI; George Gianopulos, Fresno, CA; Stanley Gorcik, Buffalo Grove, IL; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; William Hollifield, Lutherville, MD; Mark & Linnea Holmer, Algona, IA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Elaine Hutchinson, Garden Ridge, TX; Robin Ilardi, Morgantown, WV; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Paul Kastin, Atlanta, GA; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Joseph B. Lambert, San Antonio, TX; Deborah A. Larson, Winter Springs, FL; Alan Law, Kelowna, BC, Canada; Allan Little III, Atlanta, GA; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Greg Mannion, Fountain Hills, AZ; Steven Matthews, Orleans, VT; Eleanor Minich, Albuquerque, NM; Dan Mitchell, Prior Lake, MN; Robert Mitchell, Waukesha, WI; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; J.B. Oerding, Capay, CA; Kathy Parsons, Ann Arbor, MI; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Kay Roberts, Dayton, OH; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Eileen Schattner, Alhambra, CA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Cindy Shurtleff, Seattle, WA; James P. Sibley, Spring, TX; Albert Simonson, Santa Ysabel, CA; Mike Stooke, O'Fallon, IL; Douglas Storey, Mississauga, ON, Canada; Kathy Symons, Arcadia, CA; Susan Tartaglino, Alvord, TX; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Judy Vanderstar, Waynesboro, VA; Karen Warburg, Seaside, CA.
Amphitheatre of El Djem, Tunisia

Monument of Ancient People and Pioneers of Ushaia (Argentina)

February 2019 Issue

Monument of Ancient People and Pioneers of Ushaia (Argentina)


When the design for the monument pictured in our December 2018 mystery photo was chosen from five different contest entries in May 2015, it had already been “waiting 20 years to be built,” according to the mayor of Ushuaia, Argentina. The design was that of local artist Antonino Pilello, and two years later, on June 21, 2017, the “Monument of Ancient People and Pioneers of Ushuaia” was formally inaugurated in the Civic Plaza in front of the city's port.

The white-stone sculpture depicts a mountainous island, with different historical events portrayed within the external and internal slopes, all enveloped by the head and wings of an albatross, a bird whose image is incorporated into the flag of Tierra del Fuego province.

Thirteen correct answers were submitted, and SIGNE HAUGEN of San Carlos, California, won the drawing. ITN Assistant Editor Dan Barr took the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nicholas Anderson, Windom, MN; Linda Beuret, Santa Barbara, CA; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; WINNER: Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Walter Hinchman, Pomfret, CT; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Ann Kruse, Sammamish, WA; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Mike Stooke, O'Fallon, IL; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA.

January 2019 Issue

Monument to the Wind (Puerto Natales, Chile)


“The monument blends the area's raging winds with an amazing view of distant, glacier-topped peaks and a glacial lake.” This is how the contributor of November's mystery photo described the spot where she captured this sculpture on film.

The spot is Puerto Natales, Chile, sometimes referred to as a gateway to southern Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park, and visitors strolling along the Avenida Pedro Montt will get a close-up view of this unusual work of art, “Monumento al Viento” (“Monument to the Wind”). Designed by Chilean sculptor Marcela Romagnoli Espinosa, the national monument was inaugurated on June 1, 2012, celebrating the 101st anniversary of the founding of the city.

Thirty-one correct answers were submitted, and MARY-PAT PARKER of Colorado Springs, Colorado, won the drawing. We thank Wanda Bahde of Summerfield, Florida, for submitting the picture. We also thank Perry McIntosh of Wangulen Odyssey (a longtime ITN advertiser) for providing us with the sculptor's name.

Correct answers were submitted by:

BJ Bjorklund, Frisco, TX; Michael Chrusciel, Riverview, MI; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Heidi Foggatt, Phoenix, AZ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; John Heberle, Rochester, NY; Carl Herzog, Charlotte, VT; John Hicks, Tehachapi, CA; Mike Holloway, Lumberton, NJ; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Gordon Kitchens, Atlanta, GA; Dan Lundberg, North Miami, FL; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; Hai Madarang, Kennewick, WA; Connie Martin, Prescott, AZ; Christian Moser, Puerto Natales, Chile; Cheri Ng, San Ramon, CA; WINNER: Mary-Pat Parker, Colorado Springs, CO; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Preston Reeves, Seguin, TX; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Malcolm Smith, Berkeley, CA; Phyllis Stolls, Riverside, CA; Joanne Stone, Tucson, AZ; Mike Stooke, O'Fallon, IL; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Mary Ann Wilder, Victor, NY; Kathy Wilhelm, Cary, NC.
Monument to the Wind (Puerto Natales, Chile)

Monument to Russian Navy (Moscow, Russia)

December 2018 Issue

Monument to Russian Navy (Moscow, Russia)


The 322-foot-tall statue pictured in our October 2018 mystery photo has an interesting history. Erected in 1997 in central Moscow, Russia, on a man-made island at the western confluence of the Moskva River and the Vodootvodny Canal, the statue commemorates 300 years of the Russian Navy, which was formed by Peter the Great in 1696.

Allegedly, the statue was originally intended to portray Columbus, in celebration of the 500th anniversary of his first voyage to the New World in 1492, but because there was a lack of interest for placing it at any site in America, the figure was declared to be a depiction of Peter the Great.

Zurab Tsereteli, a designer from the Caucasus country of Georgia, created the huge image using 600 tons of stainless steel, bronze and copper.

Seventy-five correct answers were submitted, and CATHY BRINER of Eugene, Oregon, won the drawing. We thank Fred Steinberg of New York, New York, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Stephen Addison, Charlotte, NC; Jack L. Alexander, Lamesa, TX; Nanci Alexander, Lexington, KY; Mary Ambrosio, Williamsburg, VA; Earl F. Ancell, San Dimas, CA; Ralph N. Barrett, Knoxville, TN; Victor Becker, Skokie, IL; Roger & Noella Benvenuti, Corona, CA; Rachel Bishar, Santa Barbara, CA; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; WINNER: Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Tom Bulloch, Woodland Park, CO; Butch & Susie Carter, Santa Ysabel, CA; Marlin Causey, Marietta, GA; Michael Anthony Chrusciel, Riverview, MI; Marjorie A. Clark, Lone Tree, CO; Maria A. Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Steve Daley, Sacramento, CA; Hans H. Dibbern, Santa Cruz, CA; Gena Doyscher, Minneapolis, MN; Willis Frick, San Clemente, CA; Janice Gay, Vero Beach, FL; Gerald Gould, Cumming, GA; Theresa Graves, Bluffton, SC; Alexander Gushansky, Encino, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Mary Hayes, Chapel Hill, NC; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Roger Jester, Tarpon Springs, FL; Andrea Jones, San Francisco, CA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Mary Kelly, Baton Rouge, LA; Margaret Kilgore, Sharpsburg, GA; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Janice Kolbaska, Mt. Prospect, IL; Katie Koloboff, Orinda, CA; Jason Kornmueller, Lake Forest, CA; Kathy Kostrub, Landisville, PA; Carol Lafrenaye, Yorktown, VA; Janet Landfried, Redlands, CA; Mary Lao, San Francisco, CA; Mary Latham, Dallas, TX; Joan Lenard, Oviedo, FL; John Leo, Centerville, OH; Arlene Lichtenstein, Commack, NY; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; L.J. Mack, Huntington Beach, CA; Greg Mannion, Fountain Hills, AZ; Mary Jane Matheny, Zolfo Springs, FL; Robert McCarron, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Mary J. McDonald, Milwaukee, WI; Michelle Mellen, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Charles Moody, San Francisco, CA; Al & Emily Moore, Greenville, CA; Charlotte Moser, Ballwin, MO; Ron Oakham, Tucson, AZ; Anthony Osretkar, Frederick, MD; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Paula Prindle, Orient, OH; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Lyn Scanlon, Naples, FL; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Rick Sinding, Princeton, NJ; John Stern, Los Angeles, CA; Mike Stooke, O'Fallon, IL; Rosalie Tabor, Carlsbad, CA; Bill Thames, St. Laurel, MS; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Denzil Verardo, Elk Grove, CA; Gail Wang, Troy, MI; Kathy Whitmer, Bellingham, WA; Laurie Young, Kalamazoo, MI.

November 2018 Issue

Pyramids of Meroe (Karima, Sudan)


The pyramids of Meroë, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located nearly 250 miles north of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, were pictured in our September mystery photo. Near the town of Karima, the pyramids are situated along the eastern bank of the Nile, where Nubian kings once ruled the Kingdom of Kush, c. 750 BC-AD 350.

Centuries of erosion have damaged the pyramids and other structures, among which were several royal pyramids, 13 temples and three palaces. Inscriptions found in the temples and palaces at Meroë, along with ancient burial mounds in and around the nearby 300-foot-tall sandstone mountain Gebel Barkal, are representative of the Napatan and Meroitic cultures, spanning the years 2700 BC to AD 350.

Thirty-seven correct answers were submitted, and DONNA PETERSON of Patch Grove, Wisconsin, won the drawing. We thank Helga Smith of New York, New York, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Peter Basto, Newton, NJ; Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; Mike Brandt, El Dorado Hills, CA; Michael Anthony Chrusciel, Riverview, MI; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Carla De Went, Grandville, MI; Mike & Yvonne Dixon, Washington, D.C.; Patricia Fwyer, Watertown, CT; Janice Gay, Vero Beach, FL; Helen Gigliotti, Sanger, CA; Brooks Goddard, Needham, MA; Beverly Green, Greeley, CO; Joy Hafner, Brooklyn, NY; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Magali V. Hinojosa, Laredo, TX; Samuel Leon Hochman, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Jason Kornmueller, Lake Forest, CA; Mary Lao, San Francisco, CA; Allan Little III, Atlanta, GA; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; Hazel C. Moss, St. Helens, OR; Arlene Obetts, Rockford, MI; Patricia Ove, Aurora, CO; Arne Pedersen, Little Silver, NJ; WINNER: Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Jim Randall, Sequim, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Jean Rusk, Park City, UT; C.T. (Samantha) Sartain, Colorado Springs, CO; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Regine Schumacher, Seal Beach, CA.
Pyramids of Meroe (Karima, Sudan)

Liberty Statue (Budapest, Hungary)

October 2018 Issue

Liberty Statue (Budapest, Hungary)


The Szabadság Szobor (Hungarian for “Liberty Statue” or “Freedom Statue”), located in Budapest, Hungary, was pictured in our August 2018 mystery photo. Hungarian artist Zsigmond Kisfaludi Strobl sculpted the bronze female figure, which was first erected in 1947 in remembrance of the country's liberation from the Nazis by the Soviets during World War II.

Towering above the city at a height of 131 feet, the icon can be seen by all of Budapest. Standing atop Gellért Hill and an 85-foot-tall pedestal, the 46-foot-tall figure holds a large palm leaf in her hand. On either side are two shorter male figures representing “progress” and “evil.”

After the fall of Communism in 1989, the inscription on the statue was changed from, in part, “To the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes. . .” to “To the memory of those who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom and prosperity of Hungary.”

Forty-one correct answers were submitted, and KATHLEEN WOOD of Lakewood Ranch, Florida, won the drawing. ITN Assistant Editor Dan Barr took the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nanci Alexander, Lexington, KY; Ralph Barrett, Knoxville, TN; Peter Basto, Newton, NJ; Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; Rachel Bishar, Santa Barbara, CA; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; William H. Brown, Baton Rouge, LA; Diane Casillo, Dallas, TX; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; John F. Dubay, Spokane, WA; Nancy England, Oak Ridge, TN; Rita Fisher, Des Moines, IA; Russell Gluck, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Magali V. Hinojosa, Laredo, TX; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Andrea Jones, San Francisco, CA; Deb Kalikow, Westford, MA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Margaret Kilgore, Sharpsburg, GA; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Milton Lilie, Rye, NY; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; Nick Melillo, Carlsbad. CA; Edith F. Moates, Norman, OK; Ron Oakham, Tucson, AZ; James Oerding, Capay, CA; David J. Patten, St. Petersburg, FL; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Lisa Robertiello, Burbank, CA; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Jacqueline Siegel, Davis, CA; Phyllis & David Stolls, Riverside, CA; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Karen Warburg, Seaside, CA; Kathy Wilhelm, Cary, NC; WINNER: Kathleen Wood, Lakewood Ranch, FL.

September 2018 Issue

Bridge of Peace (Tbilisi, Georgia)


Stretching a distance of nearly 500 feet across Georgia's Mtkvari (Kura) River, the bow-shaped pedestrian bridge shown in our July 2018 “mystery” photo is known as the Bridge of Peace, connecting Old Tbilisi with the capital's new district. Officially opened in May 2010, the bridge is reported to symbolize the country's transition from the past to a better future.

Italian architect Michele de Lucchi's design of the span includes over 1,200 custom LED fixtures that light up not only the bridge but both banks of the river. Four different types of programmed light displays are run every hour throughout the night.

Forty-seven correct answers were submitted this month, and KAREN WAGNER of Monarch Beach, California, won the drawing. We thank Michele Burgess of Huntington Beach, California, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Russell Adams, Reading, PA; Donna Amariglio, New York, NY; Mary Attick, Lititz, PA; Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; Laurie Campbell, Levittown, NY; Kay Casey, San Francisco, CA; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Michael Dixon, Washington, D.C.; Steve Emmet, Encinitas, CA; William Fitzgerald, Torrance, CA; Stanley Gorcik, Buffalo Grove, IL; Susan Greek, Corona, CA; James Hamel, Monroeville, PA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Andrea Jones, San Francisco, CA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Robert Kowalczyk, North Dartmouth, MA; William A. Lang, Tucson, AZ; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; René Mutchler, Port Lavaca, TX; Phyllis Niemela, Gold Canyon, AZ; Earl K. Mack, San Ramon, CA; David J. Patten, St. Petersburg, FL; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Robyn E. Rishe, Monterey Park, CA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Jocelyn L. Ross, Cherry Hill, NJ; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Eileen Schattner, Alhambra, CA; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; James P. Sibley, Houston, TX; Christina Skinner, Lawrenceville, GA; Judy Spielman, Philadelphia, PA; Janet & Don Steig, South Orange, NJ; John Stern, Los Angeles, CA; Lina Treleaven, Pinellas Park, FL; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; WINNER: Karen Wagner, Monarch Beach, CA; John Williamson, Beavercreek, OH; James Wolfe, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Margaret J. Zimmerman, Austin, TX.
Bridge of Peace (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Botchan Karakuri Clock (Matsuyama, Japan)

August 2018 Issue

Botchan Karakuri Clock (Matsuyama, Japan)


In Matsuyama in 1994, Dōgo Onsen Honkan, one of the oldest public bathhouses in Japan, celebrated its 100th anniversary. In commemoration, the Botchan Karakuri Clock (the subject of our June 2018 mystery photo) was built near the hot springs, steps away from the Dōgo Onsen tram station.

Located in the Hōjōen plaza, the clock “comes to life” each hour between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m., when mechanical figures depicting characters in the Japanese novel “Botchan,” written by Natsume Sōseki, emerge to act out scenes from the story. Next to the clock is a footbath that is free to all visitors.

Starting Jan. 15, 2019, various parts of the bathhouse will be closed for renovations over several years.

Eleven correct answers were submitted this month, and KARYN KANDELL of Kyoto, Japan, won the drawing. We thank John Penisten of Hilo, Hawaii, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Russell Gluck, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; WINNER: Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, JAPAN; Melanie Lathen, Sebastopol, CA; David & Yoko Light, St. Louis, MO; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA; Karen Wagner, Monarch Beach, CA.

July 2018 Issue

Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple (Yangon, Myanmar)


Tucked behind the 216-foot-long reclining Buddha at the Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple in Yangon, Myanmar, is a row of 33 smaller statues, each one demonstrating a different mudra (hand position) used by the Buddha. Many were pictured here in the May 2018 issue.

Construction of the original large Buddha was sponsored by a wealthy Burmese Buddhist (U Po Tha) in 1899. After its completion in 1907, however, it was decided that the statue's face appeared aggressive, so the image was destroyed in the 1950s and work began on a new image. The new statue was consecrated in 1973.

Six correct answers were submitted this month, and CLARK MASTERS of Westborough, Massachusetts, won the drawing. We thank George Anderson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Trixie Bentley, Los Gatos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; WINNER: Clark Masters, Westborough, MA; Audrey Moore, Naples, FL; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Barbara Ryan, Naples, FL.
Chaukhtatgyi Buddha Temple (Yangon, Myanmar)

Avalanche memorial (Seydisfjordur, Iceland)

June 2018 Issue

Avalanche memorial (Seydisfjordur, Iceland)


In 1885 in the town of Seyðisfjörður in eastern Iceland, an avalanche swept several homes into the fjord and killed 24 people. In 1996 in the same town, another avalanche wiped out a fish factory, leaving several of the factory's girders mangled. Luckily, no lives were lost in the 1996 event, but the twisted girders were painted white and erected to create a memorial to those who had previously died. It was named “Snjóflóð” (“Avalanche”).

As the author wrote in his guidebook “Rick Steves Iceland,” “Scenic as they are, the steep mountain walls around Seyðisfjörður come with a steep price: the danger of being buried by snow.”

The strange sculpture was pictured in the mystery photo in our April 2018 issue. Two correct answers were submitted this month, and RAYMOND PRINCE of Maple Valley, Washington, won the drawing. We thank Linda Beuret of Santa Barbara, California, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

WINNER: Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY.