Where in the World Archives

May 2017 Issue

UFO Bridge & Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia


It's known as the UFO bridge, due to the flying-saucer design of its towering observation deck, but the official name of the 1,400-foot-long structure in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, is Most Sovenského národného povstania (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising), or Most SNP, and it was the subject of our mystery photo for March.

Under construction for five years, this cable-stayed bridge spanning the Danube was opened in August 1972. On the upper level are four lanes for motor traffic, while pedestrians and bicycles use the lower level. The observation deck houses a restaurant called UFO.

Some people still refer to the bridge as Nový Most (New Bridge), its official name from 1993 to 2012.

Seventy-three correct answers were submitted, and SHARON LEGGAT of Cedarhurst, New York, won the drawing. ITN Assistant Editor Dan Barr took the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Stephen Addison, Charlotte, NC; Margaret Arthur, Kure Beach, NC; John Barnhart, Birmingham, AL; Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; Russell E. Benton, Due West, SC; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; John Brimhall, West Richland, WA; David Bujan, North Andover, MA; Pat Bunyard, Cambria, CA; Roy J. Caffrey, Irvine, CA; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Erika & Joe Daileda, Torrance, CA; P.L. de la Cuesta, Redondo Beach, CA; H.H. Dibbern, Santa Cruz, CA; Jack Dini, Livermore, CA; David Durstine, Denver, CO; Donald R. Eager, San Jose, CA; Edwin "Toby" Earl, Laguna Beach, CA; Femi Faminu, Los Angeles, CA; Don Fate, Puyallup, WA; Don & Linda Florida, Sacramento, CA; George N. Gianopulos, Fresno, CA; Russell Gluck, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Kenneth Gould, Clearwater, FL; Katie Gregory, Orlando, FL; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Robert Hess, Naugatuck, CT; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Kembell Huyke, Flushing, NY; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Steve Jones, Fiddletown, CA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Robert Kowalczyk, North Dartmouth, MA; WINNER: Sharon Leggat, Cedarhurst, NY; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Joy Lutzi, North Mankato, MN; Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; Jacinta Maritato, Moorhead, MN; James McGee, Sun City, CA; Joyce Roberta Miller-Alper, Sugar Land, TX; Brad Mobley, Salisbury, NC; Carolyn L. Morgan, Brandon, FL; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; Constance M. O'Dwyer, Millbrae, CA; Robert T. Pandolfo, Punta Gorda, FL; Steve Peck, Lake Forest, CA; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Mitchell Rodgers, Lexington, NC; Joe Rushton, Flagler Beach, FL; Marilyn Santiago, Port Angeles, WA; Nanci Scheithauer, Santa Fe, NM; John Scheleur, Arnold, MD; R. Schindler, Charleston, WV; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Ben Seidman, Longmont, CO; James P. Sibley, Houston, TX; Jim Simpson, Glen Mills, PA; David Smith, Bend, OR; Kay Stevens, Santa Barbara, CA; Marcia Taylor, Forestville, NY; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Carolyn Tyssen, Clifton, TX; Ron Vlietstra, Lakeland, FL; Michael C. Wells, Vestavia, AL; Ann White, Concord, CA; Kathy Wilhelm, Cary, NC; Joseph Wolfe, Scottsdale, AZ; Victor Wyman, Santa Clara, CA; Sandra Yon, Virginia Beach, VA.
UFO Bridge & Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia

Bust of El Greco, Heraklion, Crete (Greece)

April 2017 Issue

Bust of El Greco, Heraklion, Crete (Greece)


The bust of the artist Domenikos Theotokopoulos (aka El Greco), pictured in our February mystery photo, is located in El Greco Park in Heraklion, the largest city on the island of Crete, Greece's largest island. Heraklion's claim to fame as El Greco's birthplace changed in 1934, when researchers visiting the small village of Fodele, 17 miles west of the city, informed the residents that the artist had actually been born and raised in their community.

Born in 1541, El Greco was in his mid-20s when he left for Venice, where he studied art and gained the nickname "Il Greco." About 10 years later he traveled to Toledo, Spain, where his paintings earned him lasting recognition (as El Greco) and where he lived until his death in 1614.

Ten correct answers were submitted, and EARL MACK of San Ramon, California, won the drawing. We thank David J. Patten of St. Petersburg, Florida, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Marian Anderson, San Francisco, CA; Jill Athey, St. Petersburg, FL; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; WINNER: Earl Mack, San Ramon, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Steven Reiff, Decatur, GA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; James Stefan, Sarasota, FL.

March 2017 Issue

Zion's Church, Ilulissat, Greenland


One of the northernmost churches in the world, Zions Kirke (Zion's Church), is located approximately 220 miles north of the Arctic Circle in western Greenland. The subject of our January 2017 mystery photo, the church, built in 1782 and restored in 1907, is in the town of Ilulissat, next to Disko Bay.

To cover its building costs, local residents collected dozens of whales and over 200 barrels of whale oil between 1777 and 1779. Over a century later, part of the church was turned into a hospital. In 1929, the building was moved inland and expanded.

The nearby Ilulissat Icefjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, is a popular spot for photographers.

Twenty-one correct answers were submitted, and PHIL LUTZI of St. Pete Beach, Florida, won the drawing. We thank Michele Burgess of Huntington Beach, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nanci & Keith Alexander, Lexington, KY; Elaine Ballard, San Antonio, TX; Russell E. Benton, Due West, SC; Diana Butler, El Sobrante, CA; Warren Cash, Farmers Branch, TX; Willis Frick, San Clemente, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Joe Huddy, Lacey, WA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; WINNER: Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Michelle Mellen, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Robert Ono, Davis, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Raeesa Sheriff, Bethesda, MD; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, Ontario, Canada.
Zion's Church, Ilulissat, Greenland

Swarovski Kristallwelten Theme Park, Wattens, Austria

February 2017 Issue

Swarovski Kristallwelten Theme Park, Wattens, Austria


Apparently, our December mystery photo was so unmistakeable that every single answer we received was correct! The location of the green giant fountain is about 20 minutes northeast of Austria's Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck, in the town of Wattens.

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Worlds), a museum filled with unusual works of art that all center around the theme of crystal, was built in 1995 for the 100th anniversary of the crystal company Swarovski.

Multimedia artist André Heller designed the museum to represent a giant overseeing 16 "chambers of wonder" including a huge, crystal geodesic dome and a mechanical theater. Artists represented include Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol and glass-blowing artist John Brekke.

Thirty-one correct answers were submitted, and GEORGE C. KINGSTON of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, won the drawing. We thank Regine Schumacher of Seal Beach, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Doug Barnett, Sarasota, FL; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; Gary Brown, Covington, LA; Gerald Brown, Los Angeles, CA; Kathryn Camp, Lavon, TX; Wayne S. Carpenter, Adrian, MI; Antoinette Clair, West Chester, PA; Maria A. Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Diane Powell Ferguson, Scottsdale, AZ; Stanley Gorcik, Buffalo Grove, IL; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Roger Hinkle, Oro Valley, AZ; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Calvin Hurst, Rockwall, TX; WINNER: George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Sandra Klug, East Northport, NY; MIchael Kostzewa, Reading, PA; Maria Lisella, New York, NY; Robert Ono, Davis, CA; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Julie Scott, Long Beach, CA; Jim Steele, Ventura, CA; George Steinsberger, Columbus, NE; Phyllis & David Stolls, Riverside, CA; Tom Travis, Simi Valley, CA; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, Ontario, Canada; Dieter Weigelt, Apache Junction, AZ.

January 2017 Issue

Arc de Triomphe (rooftop), Paris, France


Those who make it up all 284 steps leading to the top of Paris' Arc de Triomphe are rewarded with a panoramic bird's-eye view of the city. The viewing platform at the top of the arch, as seen in our November 2016 mystery photo, is just 40 steps above a museum displaying exhibits that celebrate the arch's construction.

Tucked inside the structure's huge, 164-foot-high and 148-foot-wide arch, the museum also features scenes from Napoleon's life. Thirty years before the arch was completed in 1836, Napoleon had commissioned the building's construction in order to commemorate his victorious battles. (His inspiration is said to have been Rome's Arch of Titus, built in AD 81.)

Today, the Arc de Triomphe plays a central role in celebrations such as VE Day (May 8) and Bastille Day (July 14).

Six correct answers were submitted, and EDITH MOATES of Norman, Oklahoma, won the drawing. We thank Gene McPherson of Punta Gorda, Florida, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Richard Foltz, Emmaus, PA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; WINNER: Edith Moates, Norman, OK; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA.
Arc de Triomphe (rooftop), Paris, France

Santa's mailbox, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway

December 2016 Issue

Santa's mailbox, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway


The world's largest mailbox, dedicated to mail addressed to Julenissen (Santa Claus) and seen in our October 2016 mystery photo, appeared in the town of Longyearbyen on the island of Svalbard, Norway, a few days before Christmas 2013. Local tour operator Po Lin Lee said she had the red, 9.3-meter-high box installed to “inspire people to share their inner thoughts and hopes.”

About 10,000 letters were deposited in the box during the year before Christmas 2015 (including some tourists' actual mail, which, with an irregular pickup schedule, took months to be delivered). Unfortunately, due to permit issues, Santa's mailbox was slated for removal by the end of September 2016. Lee hopes to find a solution, which would include posting a sign in several languages stating that it is not an official mailbox.

Thirty-six correct answers were submitted, and JEAN MYERS of Scottsdale, Arizona, won the drawing. We thank Frank Love of Albuquerque, New Mexico, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Deepak Awasthi, Destrehan, LA; Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; Flora Breidenbach, Elmwood Park, IL; Patricia Bunyard, Cambria, CA; Mary Carlson, Mission Viejo, CA; William M. Easson, New Orleans, LA; Ramon Ferrer, La Roca del Vallès, Spain; David Flack, Honolulu, HI; Robert Gay, Vero Beach, FL; Stanley Gorcik, Buffalo Grove, IL; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Per A. Hovland, Råde, Norway; Thomas Jedele, Tucson, AZ; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Carrie Kwok, St. Paul, MN; Mary Lao, San Francisco, CA; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Ann Marzano, Wayne, IL; Edith F. Moates, Norman, OK; WINNER: Jean Myers, Scottsdale, AZ; Sari Oosta, Owens Cross Roads, AL; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Aase Popper, Walnut Creek, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Lupe Reynolds, Newark, DE; Gail Riba, Wimauma, FL; Marcia Ritter, St. Louis, MO; Jo Ellen Ryan, Davis, CA; Harvey Segal, Wayland, MA; Barbara Van Houten, Ocala, FL; Eileen Walter, Tucson, AZ; Mary Linda Wardlaw, Memphis, TN; Victor Wyman, Santa Clara, CA.

November 2016 Issue

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa


Visitors to Samoa's volcanic island of Upolu most likely have looked down into the To Sua Ocean Trench, the spot shown in our September 2016 mystery photo. Found in the village of Lotofaga, on the south coast of the island, the hole was formed when volcanic seismic activity caused a large part of the ground to fall away.

Swimmers reach the water (almost 100 feet down) by descending a long ladder into the grotto. Inches above the water's surface is a platform from which they can jump. Canals and tunnels feed the trench with water from the South Pacific. Despite visitors' having to pay to swim (free for kids under age 7), the pool's clear water, sandy bed and numerous tropical fish make this a very popular spot.

Twenty-two correct answers were submitted, and JUDY NEWELL of Chicago, Illinois, won the drawing. We thank Samuel Leon Hochman of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Lisa Anway, Pebble Beach, CA; Victor Becker, Skokie, IL; Mike Brennan, Marshfield, WI; Alla Campbell, Greensboro, GA; Mary Carlson, Mission Viejo, CA; John Cogswell, Powell River, BC, CANADA; Lynn D'Andrea, Hanover, MA; Gary Dempsey, Camarillo, CA; Michael Dixon, Washington, DC; James K. Downs, Lafayette, CO; Edwin T. Earl, Laguna Beach, CA; Stanley Gorcik, Buffalo Grove, IL; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Magali V. Hinojosa, Laredo, TX; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Conrad Houge, South Colby, WA; Barbara Hudson, Birmingham, AL; Chet Imes, Ottawa Hills, OH; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; WINNER: Judy Newell, Chicago, IL; James Oerding, Capay, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA.

 
To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

Church of St. Mary in Vrboska, Hvar Island, Croatia

October 2016 Issue

Church of St. Mary in Vrboska, Hvar Island, Croatia


The fortress church pictured in our August 2016 mystery photo — the Church of St. Mary of Mercy (Sveta Marija) — is located in the town of Vrboska on the island of Hvar in Croatia. The original church was built over 550 years ago, but more than a century later, during the 1570s, eight years after a Turkish attack, it was rebuilt as a fortress.

Protecting the front of the church is a huge ravelin (triangular fortification). Inside the church are several works of art, in addition to numbered gravestones, some of which are decorated with coats of arms. The church is open to the public in late mornings and early evenings during tourist season and by appointment in the off-season.

Nine correct answers were submitted, and ED SCHLENK of Marshalltown, Iowa, won the drawing. We thank Wanda Bahde of Summerfield, Florida, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; WINNER: Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA.

September 2016 Issue

Roman Theatre in Mérida, Spain


The building seen in our July 2016 mystery photo — known today as the Roman Theatre of Mérida — located in Mérida, Spain, was erected over 2,000 years ago in 16-15 BC, back when the city was known as Emerita Augusta (capital of the Roman province Lusitania).

More than a century later, the building was renovated and the current façade was added. Between AD 330 and 340, new decorative elements and a walkway were added. Over 1,500 years later, in the late 1800s, only the upper tiers of seats (the Seven Chairs) were still visible above layers of sediment.

Excavations began in 1910, and 50-60 years later the front stage was rebuilt. Since 1933, the theatre has been home to the annual, 7-week-long Mérida Classical Theatre Festival (in July-August).

Twenty-three correct answers were submitted, and LEE HANLE YOUNGE of Big Flats, New York, won the drawing. We thank Dave Bruels of Seattle, Washington, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Maria Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; David Emery, Reston, VA; Stanley Gorcik, Buffalo Grove, IL; Gerald Gould, Cumming, GA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Mark Hayes, Chapel Hill, NC; Magali V. Hinojosa, Laredo, TX; Holly Izbicki, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Doranne Jacobson, Springfield, IL; Vella Kendall, Monkton, MD; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Jane Kolber, Bisbee, AZ; Clark Masters, Westborough, MA; Robert T. Pandolfo, Punta Gorda, FL; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Paula Prindle, Orient, OH; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA; Gail Wang, Troy, MI; WINNER:  Lee Hanle Younge, Big Flats, NY.
Roman Theatre in Mérida, Spain

Town hall of Auvers-sur-Oise, France

August 2016 Issue

Town hall of Auvers-sur-Oise, France


From the terrace outside his second-story room at an inn in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise, Vincent van Gogh painted one of his final canvases: “Auvers Town Hall on 14 July 1890.” The Impressionist depiction of the town hall, painted just two weeks before the artist's death, closely mirrors the image in our June mystery photo (upper left), which was taken from almost the same vantage point as the artist's (lower left).

Because van Gogh stayed in the town during the last two months of his life — and created dozens of paintings during that time — Auvers-sur-Oise has become one of France's most popular places to visit. Although other artists worked there as well, van Gogh is the one whom most people remember. He and his brother, Theo, are both buried there.

Sixteen correct answers were submitted, and ROBERT KAPLAN of Rockville, Maryland, won the drawing. We thank Skip Carpenter of Coronado, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

John H. Brownell, Tijeras, NM; Doug Clark, San Diego, CA; Ann Cyr, Delray Beach, FL; Robert Filman, Menlo Park, CA; Libby Hollombe, Sherman Oaks, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Phil Hugill, Bethesda, MD; WINNER:  Robert Kaplan, Rockville, MD; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Hugo Riffel, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; Tad Riley, Fairfield, CA; Jean Schroeder, Redding, CT; Kay Smithson, Brevard, NC; Laura Uhrig, Meriden, CT; Steve Wolfe, Georgetown, TX.