Where in the World Archives

May 2020 Issue

Empress of Ireland Pavilion (Rimouski, Québec, Canada)


Just two years after the sinking of the Titanic, another maritime disaster, one that took the lives of more than 1,000 passengers, occurred near the mouth of the St. Lawrence River in northeastern Canada. On May 29, 1914, the RMS Empress of Ireland collided with a Norwegian ship, the SS Storstad, and sank within 14 minutes.

In commemoration, the Empress of Ireland Pavilion, designed to resemble a sinking ship, was built at the Pointe-au-Pere Maritime Historic Site near Rimouski, Québec, and opened in 2000. More than 200 artifacts from the wreck are displayed in the museum, along with photos and written accounts from passengers and their descendants. Visitors also can experience a multimedia show called “The Last Journey.”

Ten correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in the March photo, and PAMELA ROSS of Louisville, Kentucky, won the drawing. We thank Marilyn Jestes of Roulette, Pennsylvania, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Graham C. Miller, Alhambra, CA; Ardith Ortgies, Des Moines, IA; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; WINNER: Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA.
Empress of Ireland Pavilion (Rimouski, Québec, Canada)

Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh (Nova Scotia, Canada)

April 2020 Issue

Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh (Nova Scotia, Canada)


Any attraction referred to as “world's largest” is likely to be at least a little bit famous, so it's no wonder so many of our readers correctly named the location in our February mystery photo.

What is believed to be the world's largest illuminated fiddle stands on the waterfront next to the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion in Sydney, on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Designed by Sydney artist Cyril Hearn, the 60-foot-tall, solid-steel fiddle was unveiled in January 2005.

In honor of the area's Celtic community, the fiddle was officially named Fidheal Mhor A' Ceilidh, or Big Fiddle of the Ceilidh. (Ceilidh is Gaelic for “social visit.”)

Seventy-four correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in the February photo, and MARVIN SOFFER of Boynton Beach, Florida, won the drawing. We thank Susan Darsey of La Selva Beach, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Eugene Adelmann, St. Louis, MO; Lynn Boreson, Madison, WI; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; Mark A. Brown & Cathy Wooley-Brown, Brandon, FL; Mary Carlson, Mission Viejo, CA; Anna Causey, Marietta, GA; Jill Cohen, Stony Brook, NY; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Patricia de la Cuesta, Redondo Beach, CA; John C. Deppman, Fort Myers, FL; Donald Eager, San Jose, CA; Diane Powell Ferguson, Scottsdale, AZ; Patricia Fickess, Fresno, CA; Amelia Finan, Annapolis, MD; Linda Fornelli, Carlsbad, CA; Mary Lou Fournier, Oro Valley, AZ; Willis Frick, San Clemente, CA; Charmaine Furman, Palo Alto, CA; Judy Garrett, Rochester Hills, MI; Russell Gluck, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Ken Gould, Clearwater, FL; Jane A. Green, Montvale, NJ; Cheri Guariglia, Pompano Beach, FL; S. Hains, Austin, TX; Lynn Harris, Plano, TX; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jim Hinkle, Alameda, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Kembell Huyke, Flushing, NY; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Beryl Kay, San Francisco, CA; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Gert Kipnis, Tucker, GA; Judee Kline, Cecil, WI; Jason Kornmueller, Lake Forest, CA; George O. Lange, San Diego, CA; Mary Lao, San Francisco, CA; George Lauscher, Pocono Summit, PA; Vince Liggio, Norwalk, CT; John Lucas, Richmond, VA; John Maas, Raleigh, NC; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; Sharon A. Mazurek, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI; Barbara McMahon, Williamsburg, VA; Pat McMindes, Plano, TX; Robert Morton, St. Louis, MO; Jack Moss, Flowery Branch, GA; Barry & Ann Muhs, Rochester, NY; Dave Netzer, West Barnstable, MA; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; David O'Donnell, Sacramento, CA; Sari E. Oosta, Owens Cross Roads, AL; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Glenn Peterson, Carlsbad, CA; Beth Podol, El Paso, TX; Betty Podol, Reston, VA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Robert Quillin, Centennial, CO; Deb Riley, De Pere, WI; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Wanda Ross, Tucson, AZ; Barbara Ryan, Naples, FL; Lorenz Rychner, Denver, CO; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Gladys Sheldon, Oconomowoc, WI; Charles Shelleman, Arlington, VA; James Smith, Gilbert, AZ; WINNER: Marvin Soffer, Boynton Beach, FL; Shawn Sweeney, Santa Fe, NM; Ken Turja, Indialantic, FL; John Weiss, Canton, CT; Phil Youngberg, Dunwoody, GA.

March 2020 Issue

Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral (Granada, Nicaragua)


According to some sources, the first version of Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral (the subject of our January mystery photo), located in Granada, Nicaragua, was built almost 500 years ago, in 1525. Despite its having suffered fires twice by 1578 (the original building included a straw roof), it became known as La Iglesia Bonita (The Beautiful Church). It wasn't until 1751 that the structure was rebuilt with more durable materials: stone and and brick.

In 1856, the church was completely destroyed by American-born mercenary William Walker. In 1915, three years after the Roman Catholic Church created the Diocese of Granada, the church was rebuilt, its central dome now with an iron frame. In 1972, the yellow-and-white Spanish-colonial structure would reach its full measure, almost 39,000 square feet.

Twenty-one correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in the January photo, and PIOTR KUMELOWSKI of Forest Hills, New York, won the drawing. We thank Jim Simpson of Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Michael Brandt, El Dorado Hills, CA; Jose N. Cruz, San Antonio, TX; Juanjo Cuenca, Hollywood, FL; Marcia Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Robert Havlen, Albuquerque, NM; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; David Jack, Modesto, CA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; WINNER: Piotr Kumelowski, Forest Hills, NY; William B. Mason, Jr., Memphis, TN; Peggy Nute, Palo Alto, CA; Arne Pedersen, Little Silver, NJ; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Robert H. Rhoads, Sullivan, MO; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Karen Schaeffer, Tigard, OR; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Helga Smith, New York, NY; Linda Tabb, Champaign, IL.
Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral (Granada, Nicaragua)

'Big Seated' sculpture (Würzburg, Germany)

February 2020 Issue

'Big Seated' sculpture (Würzburg, Germany)


Gazing into the sky while seated on a stairway between the Würzburg Cathedral (Dom St. Kilian) and the Museum am Dom in the Bavarian city of Würzburg, Germany, is a life-sized iron statue that looks more like a mummy than a man. Known as the “Big Seated,” this statue was the subject of our December mystery photo.

Several years ago, after the short flight of stairs was added to improve the square's appearance, city planners realized that the stairs posed a safety hazard and ordered the museum to add a railing. Not wanting to ruin the aesthetics, the museum instead asked German artist Maria Lehnen to create a statue, which was then placed in a central spot at the top of the stairs. It's been said the bound-up man represents a way of following the letter of the law but not its spirit.

Fourteen correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in the December photo, and SIGNE HAUGEN of San Carlos, California, won the drawing. We thank Wanda Bahde of Summerfield, Florida, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Willis Frick, San Clemente, CA; Thomasina Gurule, Jamestown, TN; Nancy Hamilton, Red Lodge, MT; WINNER: Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Edward Pinsky, Montrose, NY; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Linda Vargo, Laguna Beach, CA.

January 2020 Issue

Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque (Provence, France)


Founded in 1148 by Cistercian monks, the Sénanque Abbey (Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque) was the fourth Cistercian abbey founded in Provence, France. The abbey is the building pictured in our November mystery photo.

Other structures at the site were built over the next few centuries, most during the 13th and 14th centuries. During that time, the abbey operated four mills, seven granges and large estates in Provence. The lands were auctioned off during the French Revolution and, for a time, used as a farm. The French government bought the land in 1846, but serious renovation of the buildings didn't start until the 1990s.

Twenty-two correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in our November mystery photo, and TIMOTHY SLATER of New Orleans, Louisiana, won the drawing. We thank Nanci Alexander of Lexington, Kentucky, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Bill Bittner, Lake Worth, FL; Judith & Chet Bowie, Kaneohe, HI; Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Mary Carlson, Mission Viejo, CA; Michael Chrusciel, Riverview, MI; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Greg Duckworth, Charlotte, NC; Rita K. Fisher, Des Moines, IA; Brinda Gala, Johnson City, TN; Benjamin Glick, Naples, FL; John Haseman, Grand Junction, CO; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Allan Little III, Atlanta, GA; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; Ron Oakham, Phoenix, AZ; Robert Ono, Davis, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; WINNER: Timothy Slater, New Orleans, LA; Martha Sternitzke, New Orleans, LA; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Jim Wenck, Carlsbad, CA.
Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque (Provence, France)

Mausoleum of António Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola)

December 2019 Issue

Mausoleum of António Agostinho Neto (Luanda, Angola)


The final resting place of the first president of Angola (and the subject of our October photo), the Mausoleum of António Agostinho Neto rises, obelisk-like, 393 feet from the center of Luanda, the capital of Angola. Despite Neto's having died in 1979, the brutalist-style mausoleum was not completed until 2012.

As well as being a politician, Neto was known in his native country as an accomplished poet. According to some, the design of the monument is based on his poem “A Path to the Stars.” During its construction, it was locally nicknamed “Sputnik” due to its spaceship-like shape.

Ten correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in our October mystery photo, and DONNA PETERSON of Patch Grove, Wisconsin, won the drawing. We thank Gunter and Ginny Arndt of Solomons, Maryland, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

John Haseman, Grand Junction, CO; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Justine Kirby, New York, NY; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; WINNER: Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; JoAnn Schwartz, Los Altos, CA.

November 2019 Issue

"La Conversacion" sculpture (Old Havana, Cuba)


In Cuba, Old Havana saw a new addition to its Plaza de San Francisco de Asís in May 2012. The bronze abstract statue seen in the September mystery photo portrays two people having a conversation. Mounted on a marble slab, “La Conversación” was created by French sculptor Etienne and donated to the city by Havana's French ambassador, Vittorio Perrota.

The missing portions of the bodies are said to represent the need to “read between the lines” when talking with others, not to mention the importance of communicating face to face instead of through social media or texting.

Twenty-three correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in our September mystery photo, and EUGENE ADELMANN of St. Louis, Missouri, won the drawing. We thank Skip Carpenter of Coronado, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

WINNER: Eugene Adelmann, St. Louis, MO; Antoinette Anderson, Carson, CA; Bobbi Benson, Burlingame, CA; BJ Bjorklund, Frisco, TX; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; John C. Deppman, Fort Myers, FL; Barbara L. Fenby, Marlborough, MA; Elizabeth Hamel, Monroeville, PA; Joan Hollis, Torrance, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Melanie Jones, Cathedral City, CA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Beth Klob, La Junta, CO; William A. Lang, Tucson, AZ; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; David J. Patten, St. Petersburg, FL; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Lyn Scanlon, Naples, FL; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Louise Talley, Wauna, WA; John Williamson, Beavercreek, OH.
"La Conversacion" sculpture (Old Havana, Cuba)

Il Pozzo dei Grifi e dei Leoni (Montepulciano, Italy)

October 2019 Issue

Il Pozzo dei Grifi e dei Leoni (Montepulciano, Italy)


Almost 500 years ago, in 1520, Renaissance architect Antonio da Sangallo (Sangallo the Elder) built the structure shown in our August mystery photo. Sometimes referred to as a fountain, the well is called Il Pozzo dei Grifi e dei Leoni (the Well of the Griffins and Lions), and it can be found in the Tuscan town of Montepulciano, central Italy.

Located in the Piazza Grande, the well is situated between the Palazzo Nobili Tarugi and the Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. Two stone lions sitting atop it hold the Medici coat of arms.

Twenty-four correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in our August mystery photo, and MICHAEL BRANDT of El Dorado Hills, California, won the drawing. We thank Gordon Kitchens of Atlanta, Georgia, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by: Nanci Alexander, Lexington, KY; Cynthia Anchondo, Moreno Valley, CA; Vince Anderson, Tempe, AZ; Svetlana Bogorad, Cherry Hill, NJ; WINNER: Michael Brandt, El Dorado Hills, CA; Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Willis Frick, San Clemente, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Rick Madden, Frisco, TX; Bill Mainar, Paris, TX; Barbara McMahon, Williamsburg, VA; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; Carol Peim, Hedersonvile, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Gladys Sheldon, Oconomowoc, WI; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada; Charles Zahn, San Diego, CA.

September 2019 Issue

Sculpture of Hutton's Unconformity (Jedburgh, Scotland)


In May 2006 in southern Scotland, a serpentine-shaped sculpture was unveiled honoring the work of the scientist James Hutton, aka “the father of geology.” Titled “The Eel,” the sculpture represents Hutton's Unconformity, the rock formation at eastern Scotland's Siccar Point that inspired Hutton's revolutionary theories about the age of the Earth.

(One of several sites so labeled, the Siccar Point site comprises folded bands of vertical 435-million-year-old graywacke (a type of sandstone) overlain “unconformably” by layers of 370-million-year-old horizontal layers of red sandstone.)

Standing in Lothian Park in the town of Jedburgh, the 40-foot-long, 9-foot-high dry-stone sculpture was made from whinstone topped with sandstone by Scottish sculptor Max Nowell.

Three correct answers were submitted naming the location shown in our July mystery photo, and CYNTHIA ANCHONDO of Moreno Valley, California, won the drawing. We thank Brita Bishop of Dallas, Texas, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

WINNER: Cynthia Anchondo, Moreno Valley, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan.
Sculpture of Hutton's Unconformity (Jedburgh, Scotland)

Petrovaradin Fortress clock tower (Novi Sad, Serbia)

August 2019 Issue

Petrovaradin Fortress clock tower (Novi Sad, Serbia)


Over 300 years ago, the clock tower seen in our June 2019 “mystery photo” was created to be part of the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, northern Serbia. On the tower, each of the four clock faces (measuring about 6½ feet in diameter) is unique in that the hour hand is long and the minute hand is short — the opposite of typical clocks. (Being able to see the hour from a distance came in handy for boatmen on the Danube River, which flows alongside the city.)

Construction of the tower spanned 88 years, from 1692 to 1780, during the reigns of several Austrian emperors. Today, the clock still operates and rings each hour.

Twenty-six correct answers were submitted, and RAYMOND PRINCE of Maple Valley, Washington, won the drawing. We thank Dave Bentzin of Casper, Wyoming, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Cynthia Anchondo, Moreno Valley, CA; Dean Aulick, Silver Spring, MD; Rachel Bishar, Santa Barbara, CA; Mike Brandt, El Dorado Hills, CA; Michael Anthony Chrusciel, Riverview, MI; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Heidi Foggatt, Phoenix, AZ; Te Gurule, Jamestown, TN; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; W. Wayne Lindsey, Las Vegas, NV; Janell Lopus, Naples, FL; Milana Naddeo, Chesterbrook, PA; Ron Oakham, Tucson, AZ; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; WINNER: Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Gladys Sheldon, Oconomowoc, WI; Rod Smith, Oskaloosa, KS; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, Canada.