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The Ha’amonga Trilithon in the Kingdom of Tonga

June 2008 Issue

The Ha’amonga Trilithon in the Kingdom of Tonga


The Ha’amonga Trilithon, a 5-meter-high limestone coral “gate” whose purpose is not known.

Very early in the 13th century, inhabitants of what is now known as the Island of Tongatapu, Kingdom of Tonga, built this impressive 12-ton structure. It is the Ha’amonga Trilithon, a 5-meter-high limestone coral “gate” whose purpose is not known. (Some think it may have been the entrance to the king’s palace-and-garden complex.)

Twenty-five readers sent in correct answers, and STAN BACH of Washington, D.C., won the drawing. We thank Phyllis Tapscott of Indianapolis, Indiana, for sending in the photo.

 

May 2008 Issue

Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta) in Turpan, Xinjiang, China


Emin Minaret

“The Tower for Showing Gratitude to Eminhojaat” is the long name for what’s more commonly known as the Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta) in Turpan, Xinjiang, China. Along with the Uyghur Mosque next to it, it was built starting in 1777 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. To this day, it is the tallest minaret in China (144 feet). General Emin Khoja (whom the tower was built to honor) must have been pleased.

We hope JOHN HASEMAN of Grand Junction, Colorado, is pleased to have won the drawing from among the 17 correct answers sent in. And our gratitude goes to Nell Q. McCombs of Ventura, California, for sending us the picture, but she’ll have to be happy with just a “Thank you,” as we’re fresh out of towers.

 
Emin Minaret (Su Gong Ta) in Turpan, Xinjiang, China

Mundo a Vapor Museum (Steam World Museum), Brazil

April 2008 Issue

Mundo a Vapor Museum (Steam World Museum), Brazil


The front of the Mundo a Vapor Museum (Steam World Museum) in Canela, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

February’s picture shows the front of the Mundo a Vapor Museum (Steam World Museum) in Canela, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. The “train crash” is a replica of an actual incident in Paris’ Montparnasse quarter in 1895, when a train arriving in the station was unable to stop and crashed through onto the street beyond.

Three readers sent in correct answers, and TERREL M. EMMONS of Springfield, Virginia, won the drawing. We thank Grace Rickard of Borrego Springs, California, for sending in the photo.

March 2008 Issue

Hiroshima Peace Memorial


Hiroshima Peace Memorial

A monument to the devastation wrought by war and the hope for a future of peace, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome), the former Prefecture Exhibit Hall, has been kept in the condition it was left in after the atomic bomb blast of August 6, 1945.

Ninety (!) readers sent in correct answers, and GERARD BROOKER of Bethel, Connecticut, won the drawing.

We thank Daissy Owen of Iowa City, Iowa, for sending in the photo.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Xieng Khuan Buddha Park, near Vientiane, Laos

February 2008 Issue

Xieng Khuan Buddha Park, near Vientiane, Laos


Xieng Khuan Buddha Park

ITN Contributing Editor Julie Skurdenis snapped December’s photo at the Xieng Khuan Buddha Park, near Vientiane, Laos. She wrote, “Inside this 20-foot-tall, pumpkin-shaped, concrete demon sculpture are three levels joined by staircases. They are meant to represent Hell, Earth and Heaven.

The Buddha Park was built in 1958 by a monk, Bunleua Sulilat, who filled it with Hindu and Buddhist images, many of them gigantic. He fled Laos in 1975 after the revolution and built another sculpture park in Nong Khai, Thailand.”

Seven readers sent in correct answers, and JOHN H. MCAULIFFE of Silverdale, Washington, won the drawing.

 

January 2008 Issue

Chapel of Our Lady of Peace, Azores, Portugal


Chapel of Our Lady of Peace (Nossa Senhora da Paz)

November’s photo depicts the Chapel of Our Lady of Peace (Nossa Senhora da Paz) in Vila Franca do Campo, San Miguel Island, Azores, Portugal.

Two readers sent in correct answers, and RICHARD ALVERNAZ of Lakeside, California, won the drawing. We thank Fred Lokay of Warrenton, Virginia, for sending in the photo.

 
Chapel of Our Lady of Peace, Azores, Portugal

The chapel in Obern­dorf, Germany

December 2007 Issue

The chapel in Obern­dorf, Germany


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Although Father Joseph Mohr wrote the poem in 1816, it wasn’t until Dec. 24, 1818, when he asked schoolteacher Franz Gruber to come up with a tune in time for Midnight Mass, that “Stille Nacht” (“Silent Night”) became a song. That night, parishioners in the chapel in Obern­dorf, Germany — the subject of October’s photo — were the first to hear what has become the world’s most popular Christmas carol. Father Mohr provided the accompaniment on his guitar. Today, a special passenger train makes the trip every Dec. 24th from Salzburg, Vienna, where Joseph Mohr was born, to Oberndorf, in honor of “Silent Night.”

Twenty-two readers sent in correct answers. CLAIRE TROOP of Wernerville, Pennsylvania, won the drawing. We wish that all may be calm and all may be bright for her as well as for Pat and John Scheleur of Arnold, Maryland (members of the ITN Annapolis Area Travel Club), who sent in the photo. To all our readers, Merry Christmas to you, and Happy New Year!

November 2007 Issue

Statue of Solomon Rabinovich, Kiev, Ukraine


Statue of Solomon Rabinovich

Born Sholem Rabino­witz, or Solomon Rabinovich, Yiddish-language author Shalom Aleichem portrayed dreamers, schemers and eternal optimists with tremendous wit and affection. “Fiddler on the Roof” was based on some of his stories. September’s photo shows a statue of him, located on Rognidynska Street in his hometown of Kiev, Ukraine.

Five readers sent in correct answers, and JOYCE PERRY of Los Angeles, California, won the drawing. We say “Mazel tov!” to Jackie Korbholz of Stockton, California, for her mitzvah (good deed) in sending us the photo.

 
Statue of Solomon Rabinovich, Kiev, Ukraine

The great wall in Ston, Croatia

October 2007 Issue

The great wall in Ston, Croatia


The “great” wall in Ston, Croatia

The “great” wall in Ston, Croatia

Robert Frost said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” I’m sure he’d approve of the subject in August’s photo, the “great” wall in Ston, Croatia, built in the 14th century.

Twenty-seven readers sent in the correct answer, and MARILYN KEACH MILOTA of Eureka, California, won the drawing.

We thank Bud and Donna Holt of Butternet, Wisconsin, for sending us the pictures.

September 2007 Issue

The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh


The Independence Monument

The picture in the July issue shows the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

This lotus-shaped stupa, built in the Khmer style, was built at the intersection of Norodom and Sihanouk boulevards in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia’s winning its independence from France in 1953.

Eight readers sent in correct answers, and RUSSELL E. BENTON of Hickory, North Carolina, won the drawing.

We thank Mr. and Mrs. Peter Beuret of Santa Barbara, California, for sending us the photo.
The Independence Monument in Phnom Penh