Where in the World Archives

May 2018 Issue

National Tea House (Hisor, Tajikistan)


Called one of the world's most "magnificent" and "unusual" buildings when it was inaugurated in the city of Hisor on Oct. 27, 2015, Tajikistan's 2-story National Tea House is large enough to accommodate 2,000 people. Located 9 miles west of the country's capital of Dushanbe, Hisor is the capital of the Hisor District. The 141-foot-tall structure, which from a distance looks like a giant watermelon, was the image shown in our March 2018 mystery photo. Melons are an important crop in Tajikistan and the surrounding area.

Two correct answers were submitted this month, and ERIKA DAILEDA of Torrance, California, won the drawing. We thank Jim Royle of San Diego, California, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

WINNER: Erika Daileda, Torrance, CA; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI.
National Tea House (Hisor, Tajikistan)

Rendall Doocot (The Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland)

April 2018 Issue

Rendall Doocot (The Mainland, Orkney Islands, Scotland)


Nearly four centuries ago, in 1648, to be exact, a structure for birds was built for the lairds of the Hall of Rendall on The Mainland, which is the main island of Orkney, off the northeastern shore of Scotland. The location of the beehive-shaped structure, known as the Rendall Doocot and pictured in our February 2018 issue, was the challenge.

Young pigeons were considered a delicacy in ancient Rome, and the dovecotes housing them were a common sight. Centuries later, the Normans introduced dovecotes (doocots) to Britain. The Rendall Doocot's beehive or wedding-cake shape sets it apart from others in the area, since most are rectangular with lean-to roofs.

Five correct answers were submitted, and JANE B. and CLYDE F. HOLT of Hinesburg, Vermont, won the drawing. We thank Gordon Kitchens of Atlanta, Georgia, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

WINNER: Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA.

March 2018 Issue

Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana - Lake Titicaca, Bolivia


Built on the shore of Lake Titicaca, within Bolivia and near Peru, is a basilica that was built in the mid-16th century. The full name of this Spanish-colonial shrine — the subject of our January 2018 mystery photo — is the Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana. Originally built by the Dominicans, it was first rebuilt between 1610 and 1651. The present basilica was completed in 1805.

Inside the shrine is a carefully preserved, 4-foot-tall statue of the Virgen de la Candelaria (aka Dark Virgin of the Lake), sculpted from maguey wood in 1580 by Francisco Tito Yupanqui. In April 2013, thieves stripped the statue of many of its gold and silver accessories, including the sculpture of the baby Jesus. However, the theft has not lessened the popularity of the basilica and the statue as objects of reverence.

Twenty-two correct answers were submitted, and LEE ROSATI of Williamsville, New York, won the drawing. We thank Nick Stooke of O'Fallon, Illinois, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Alla Campbell, Greensboro, GA; Edwin “Toby” Earl, Laguna Beach, CA; Russell Gluck, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; William C. Ives, Chapel Hill, NC; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Ron Lambert, Bend, OR; Dan Lundberg, North Miami, FL; Tim Meyer, Las Vegas, NV; James B. Oerding, Capay, CA; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; WINNER: Lee Rosati, Williamsville, NY; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; James P. Sibley, Houston, TX; Kay Stevens, Santa Barbara, CA; Subhadra Suresh, Wyoming, OH; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Violet White, Carmel, IN; Blake Whitehead, Fremont, CA.
Basilica of Our Lady of Copacabana - Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

Old Town Clock - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

February 2018 Issue

Old Town Clock - Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada


Known as the Town Clock (or Old Town Clock or Citadel Clock Tower), the clock tower seen in the December 2017 mystery photo stands on Citadel Hill in the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and its clock has been keeping accurate time for over 214 years.

The structure was built from 1801 to 1803 after being commissioned by Prince Edward, commander-in-chief of the North American British military forces at the time. (It is said the prince hoped to resolve the local garrison's problem with tardiness.) The 3-tiered, irregular-octagon tower was built atop a one-story, Palladian-style, white clapboard building.

In 1960, the outer facade was restored to its original Georgia appearance. The faces of the clock were restored in 2005. To minimize stress on the mechanism, the clock is wound twice a week.

Twenty-three correct answers were submitted, and CHARLES TWINE of Durham, North Carolina, won the drawing. We thank Jonathan van Bilsen of Port Perry, Ontario, Canada, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Norman Barrett, Knoxville, TN; Sally Bingley, Richmond, VA; Michael Brandt, El Dorado Hills, CA; Suzanne DeLong, Berwick, Nova Scotia, Canada; Donald Eager, San Jose, CA; Ed & Jasi Faker, Rochester, NY; Fidel E. Gaviola, Mesa, AZ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Robert Hetzler, Bay City, MI; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Bill Johannes, Columbus, OH; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Mary Lao, San Francisco, CA; Janet Leonard, Winnetka, IL; Susan Levine, Falls Church, VA; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Edith Moates, Norman, OK; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Ben Seidman, Longmont, CO; WINNER: Charles Twine, Durham, NC.

January 2018 Issue

'Garbage' fish - Helsingor (Elsinore), Denmark


Ecology meets art in the unusual sculpture that sits on the King's Quay in Helsingor (Elsinore), eastern Denmark, the location of our November mystery photo. Part of a community art project known as "Life in the Sound," this large, colorful fish on the marina near Kronborg Castle was completed in 2014 by Japanese artist Hideaki Shibata, who is also known as Yodogawa Technique.

Yodo-Tech has constructed several sculptures like this one, comprised of garbage and miscellaneous floating objects that have drifted to shore or onto riverbanks, in an effort to raise public awareness of environmental issues. In addition to giant fish, he has created other types of art in various parts of the world, primarily in Japan.

Twenty-four correct answers were submitted, and CAROL PEIM of Hendersonville, North Carolina, won the drawing. We thank Skip Carpenter of Coronado, California, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Shirley & Victor Becker, Skokie, IL; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Elfrena Foord & Bruce Hester, Sacramento, CA; Lenore Haber, Delray Beach, FL; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; David Jack, Modesto, CA; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Judith Newell, Chicago, IL; Cheri Ng / Dorothy Pidgursky, San Ramon, CA; James B. Oerding, Capay, CA; Mukesh R. Patel, Duluth, GA; WINNER: Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Judy Spielman, Philadelphia, PA; Babette Thorson, Bethany Beach, DE; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Jan Wleugel, Toronto, ON, Canada.
'Garbage' fish - Helsingor (Elsinore), Denmark

Observation tower in Riga, Latvia

December 2017 Issue

Observation tower in Riga, Latvia


The location of the building shown in our October mystery photo was, apparently, a mystery to all of our readers, as NO correct answers were submitted.

The 115-foot-tall observation tower pictured can be found in Riga, Latvia, next to a cultural center in Ziemelblazma Park. From the top of the tower (reached, for €1, by elevator or stairs), visitors can see across the city of Riga to the Gulf of Riga and the Baltic Sea. During the annual Festival of Light, the tower, which was built in 2012, is lit up from the interior, transforming its appearance into that of a lighthouse.

Because the person who submitted the photo — JONATHAN van BILSEN of Port Perry, Ontario, Canada — was successful in stumping our readers with this photo, he is this month's winner.

November 2017 Issue

'Dog of Flanders' sculpture - Antwerp, Belgium


One hundred forty-five years ago, in 1872, English author Marie Louise de la Ramee (aka Ouida) wrote a children's book that would go on to become so popular in South Korea and Japan that residents of those countries considered the book a classic. However, "A Dog of Flanders" wasn't even heard of in Belgium, where the tragic story takes place, until 1987. Inspiration for the sculpture shown in our September 2017 mystery photo comes from the Christmas tale's main characters: Nello and his dog, Patrasche.

Nello and Patrasche become inseparable and suffer a series of tragedies, at one point seeking shelter at the Antwerp Cathedral. As sculpted by Belgian artist Batist Vermeulen (Tist), the white-marble characters, who are lying together under a blanket of cobblestones, are now part of the plaza in front of the Cathedral. They were unveiled in December 2016, thanks to a contribution from a Chinese businessman.

Thirty-four correct answers were submitted, and PATRICIA TEWKSBURY of Tucson, Arizona, won the drawing. We thank Linda Beuret of Santa Barbara, California, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nanci Alexander, Lexington, KY; Lisa Anway, Pebble Beach, CA; Shirley & Victor Becker, Skokie, IL; Lynn Boreson, Madison, WI; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; Doug Clark, San Diego, CA; Terrel M. Emmons, Springfield, VA; Diane Powell Ferguson, Scottsdale, AZ; Carol I. Gleason, Newberg, OR; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Gary Hurt, Carolina Shores, NC; Andrea Jones, San Francisco, CA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Robert Kaplan, Silver Spring, MD; Stan Kimer, Raleigh, NC; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Margitta Lebofsky, Kansas City, MO; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Diane Link, Pacific Palisades, CA; Mary Anne Lynch, Chicago, IL; Elizabeth McDonald, Alexandria, VA; Barbara Mojazza, Plano, TX; Sherri Morgan, Denver, CO; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Dolores Rickenbach, Unadilla, NY; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Frances Symons, San Diego, CA; WINNER: Patricia Tewksbury, Tucson, AZ; Karen Warburg, Seaside, CA.
'Dog of Flanders' sculpture - Antwerp, Belgium

El Cristo de La Habana (Christ of Havana) - Cuba

October 2017 Issue

El Cristo de La Habana (Christ of Havana) - Cuba


High on La Cabaña Hill, above the village of Casablanca in Cuba, is the statue known as El Cristo de La Habana (Christ of Havana). Facing eastern Havana across Havana Bay, the 56-foot-tall figure stands on a 10-foot base.

The statue, featured in our August 2017 mystery photo, was created by Cuban sculptor Jilma Madera, who was commissioned in 1953 by Marta Fernandez de Batista, wife of the republic's dictator. The statue was erected Dec. 24, 1958, 15 days before Fidel Castro entered Havana. The statue was built from 67 blocks of white Carrara marble that had been transported from Italy after being blessed by Pope Pius XII.

Twenty-one correct answers were submitted, and EDITH MOATES of Norman, Oklahoma, won the drawing. We thank Bonnie Condit of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Marilyn Adelman, Chicago, IL; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; Michael Brandt, El Dorado Hills, CA; Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Dave Davis, Phoenix, AZ; Ken Gould, Clearwater, FL; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Andrea Jones, San Francisco, CA; WINNER: Edith Moates, Norman, OK; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Robert McCarron, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Ann Melody, Ottawa, IL; Sandra L. Pelletier, Capay, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Lina Treleaven, Pinellas Park, FL; Gail Tsuboi, Moraga, CA; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, CANADA.

September 2017 Issue

Plaza de la Virgen - Valencia, Spain


Several notable structures can be seen in the July 2017 mystery photo, all connected to the Plaza de la Virgen in Valencia, Spain.

One of these is a large fountain that contains bronze sculptures representing the Turia River. Another is the 17th-century Baroque Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparado (Our Lady of the Forsaken). The other two are Saint Mary's Cathedral (Valencia Cathedral) and the Palau (Palace) de la Generalitat, both of which have been around for several centuries.

Surrounded by history, modern cafés and outdoor terraces, the plaza remains popular among locals and visitors alike.

Sixteen correct answers were submitted, and DAWN RAINBOLT of Kevinsfort, Sligo, Ireland, won the drawing. (Dawn says she used to live in Valencia, so she recognized this place immediately.) We thank Linda Beuret of Santa Barbara, California, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Svea Breckberg, Kapolei, HI; Judith Buncher, Washington, D.C.; Ada Green, New York, NY; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Yvonne Lefort, Moraga, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Lynn Meadows, Truckee, CA; Joseph B. Newton, San Antonio, TX; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; WINNER: Dawn Rainbolt, Kevinsfort, Sligo, IRELAND; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Mike Stooke, O'Fallon, IL; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, CANADA.
Plaza de la Virgen - Valencia, Spain

Monastery of Saint Thaddeus, near Maku, Iran

August 2017 Issue

Monastery of Saint Thaddeus, near Maku, Iran


For the past 30 years, the monastery pictured in our June 2017 mystery photo — the Monastery of Saint Thaddeus — has held scheduled services only one day a year, the Feast Day of St. Thaddeus (which, according to the calendar of the Armenian Apostolic Church, usually falls in our late June or in July). Part of Armenia in ancient times, the region in which the monastery is located is now under Iranian jurisdiction.

St. Thaddeus, also known as St. Jude the Apostle, was martyred in Armenia around AD 65. A church is said to have been built on the site a few years later. Most of the present structure dates from 1811. The building earned its nickname of "the Black Church" due to the black and white stones used in its construction.

Located 10 miles from the nearest town, Maku, in northwestern Iran, the monastery was named a UNESCO Heritage Site in July 2008.

Six correct answers were submitted, and SIGNE HAUGEN of San Carlos, California, won the drawing. We thank Margaret Sonnek of Easton, Minnesota, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by: Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; WINNER: Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Owen Trappe, Panama City, FL; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, CANADA.

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