Where in the World Archives

Abu Darwish Mosque, Amman, Jordan

October 2006 Issue

Abu Darwish Mosque, Amman, Jordan


Abu Darwish Mosque

August’s photo depicts the Abu Darwish Mosque on Jebel al-Ashrafiyaeh hill in Amman, Jordan.

Six readers sent in the correct answer, and SIGNE HAUGEN of San Carlos, California, won the drawing.

We thank Mark A. Varnau of Indianapolis, Indiana, for sending in the photo.

September 2006 Issue

Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi


Vietnam Museum of Ethnology

Sixteen readers sent in the correct answer for July’s picture, the Bahnar communal house at the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi. JANET TANNE of Simi Valley, California, won the drawing. 

We thank Jackie Korbholz of Stockton, California, for sending the picture. She tells us, “This spectacular communal house was built in 2003 by 42 villagers from Kon Rbang, Kongum town, Central Highlands.

At a height of 19 meters, this is the dominant construction in the open-air museum. According to the Bahnar, the communal house is a symbol of male power.”
Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi

“Post Office Bay” on Isla Floreana, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador

August 2006 Issue

“Post Office Bay” on Isla Floreana, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador


Post Office Bay

Faster than a speeding tortoise…. It seems amazing that letters left at the location pictured in the June issue — “Post Office Bay” on Isla Floreana, Galápagos Islands, Ecuador — ever get delivered, but many of the 18 readers who sent in correct answers can testify that they do.

They’ve participated in the tradition of taking letters they’ve found there addressed to someone near their home and delivering them, or “mailing” letters of their own at the “post office” and later hearing that they got through — often very quickly! (Hey, maybe this should be the place to send us our 2007 tax refunds.)

ANITA LEES of Vista, California, won the drawing. We thank Nell McCombs of Ventura, California, for sending in the photo.

July 2006 Issue

St. Donat's Cathedral in Zadar, Croatia


St. Donat’s Cathedral

Religion in the round. . . Twenty-one readers correctly guessed that May’s photo depicts St. Donat’s Cathedral in Zadar, Croatia.

RICHARD & BERNITA BREWER of Pleasant Hill, California, won the drawing.

We thank Robert Golden of San Francisco, California, for sending in the picture.
St. Donat's Cathedral in Zadar, Croatia

The Ta Dzong, or the National Museum, in Paro, Bhutan

June 2006 Issue

The Ta Dzong, or the National Museum, in Paro, Bhutan


The Ta Dzong, or the National Museum, in Paro, Bhutan
The Ta Dzong, or the National Museum, in Paro, Bhutan, is the subject of April’s photo.

Thirty-two readers sent in the correct answer, and the winner of the drawing is BETTE EVANS of Richland, Washington.

We thank Leslie Fry of Scottsdale, Arizona, for sending in the photo.

May 2006 Issue

Shali Fortress, Siwa Oasis, Sahara Desert, Egypt


Shali Fortress

On the edge of the “great sand sea” — March’s photo depicts Shali Fortress, built in 1203, in the Siwa Oasis, Sahara Desert, Egypt.

Four readers sent in the correct answer and CONRAD HOUGE of South Colby, Washington, won the drawing.

We thank James Sanzare of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for sending in the picture.
Shali Fortress, Siwa Oasis, Sahara Desert, Egypt

Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

April 2006 Issue

Skansen Open Air Museum, Stockholm, Sweden


Skansen Open Air Museum

Alternative energy: this windmill’s turning at the Skansen Open Air Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

Six readers sent in the correct answer, and LINNEA SAFFELL of Kalamazoo, Michigan, won the drawing.

We thank Allyn Burke of Pollock Pines, California, for sending in the picture.

March 2006 Issue

The Hill of Crosses north of Siauliai, Lithuania


The Hill of Crosses
Reverent display — Twelve kilometers north of Siauliai, Lithuania, the Hill of Crosses stands as a testament to a people’s faith… and persistence. Repeatedly bulldozed to the ground by the KGB during the Communist era, the crosses always reappeared. Today there are thousands upon thousands of them — a “forest” of crosses of every size and material.

Ninety-five readers sent in the correct answer (and most said they had visited the site). The winner of the drawing was JUDITH KING of San Diego, California, a Lifetime Subscriber. We thank Jackie Korbholz of Stockton, California, for sending us the photo.
The Hill of Crosses north of Siauliai, Lithuania

Sculpture of the giant troll Gudar, Jutland, Denmark

February 2006 Issue

Sculpture of the giant troll Gudar, Jutland, Denmark


Sculpture of the giant troll Gudar

Fe, fi, fo, fum. . . .

December’s picture is a 40- foot metal sculpture of the giant troll Gudar.

Legend has it that Gudar used a big rock to carve out the Gudena River Valley in central Jutland, Denmark. He stands today near the Norgaards Hojskole (school) in the town of Bjerringbro.

Reader Barrett Rich of Tampa, Florida, sent in the picture (Thank you) and warned us that it might be a “really tough location” to guess. He was right — no guesses were received by press time.

January 2006 Issue

Tuareg Uprising Peace Memorial, Republic of Mali


Tuareg Uprising Peace Memorial

Frank A. Kanka of Portage, Michigan, traveled all the way to Timbuktu (Tombouctou) to snap November’s photo. It’s the Tuareg Uprising Peace Memorial, or the “Flamme de la Paix,” located at the edge of the Sahara Desert in the Republic of Mali.

Mr. Kanka says, “The Tuareg, also known as the Blue People of the Sahara Desert, rebelled against the central governments of Mali and Niger in the early and mid-1990s. When the rebellion in Mali ended, weapons were symbolically burned in a pyre and this memorial was built.

No guesses were received by press time. Better luck with this month’s picture!
Tuareg Uprising Peace Memorial, Republic of Mali