Where in the World Archives

November 2015 Issue

Stone Chariot, Hampi, Karnataka, India



Five hundred years after it was built in the 16th century, visitors to the Vittala Temple complex in Hampi, Karnataka, in southern India, can still see the Stone Chariot, the subject of the September issue’s mystery photo.

Also known as the Kallina Ratha, the shrine was built during the rule of King Krishnadevaraya, considered one of the greatest kings of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is believed that the king got the idea for the shrine’s construction after seeing the 13th-century Konark Sun Temple (also built in the form of a chariot) in the eastern Indian state of Odisha while waging war there.

The shrine was dedicated to Garuda, Lord Vishnu’s mythical mount — half man, half eagle. Garuda’s image has since disappeared from the shrine, and the wheels have been cemented to prevent further damage from visitors' turning them. The elephants “pulling” the chariot replaced the horses that originally stood there.

Forty-five correct answers were submitted, and JAMES B. OERDING of Capay, California, won the drawing. We thank Kathy Wilhelm of Cary, North Carolina, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nicholas Anderson, Windom, MN; Jill Athey, St. Petersburg, FL; Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; Jackie Bell, Belmont, CA; Dan Berman, Honolulu, HI; Maria A. Cueto, Weehawken, NJ; Carla DeWent, Grandville, MI; Femi Faminu, Los Angeles, CA; Robert Filman, Menlo Park, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Magali V. Hinojosa, Laredo, TX; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Doranne Jacobson, Springfield, IL; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Pam Johnsen, Issaquah, WA; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Sneha Korgaonkar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India; Sharad Kumar, Oakland Township, MI; Kathie Larsen, Seattle, WA; Herbert Leifer, Dix Hills, NY; Sylvia Levi, Sherman Oaks, CA; Allan Little III, Atlanta, GA; Catherine Novotny, Chicago, IL; Grant A.A. Oerding, Davis, CA; WINNER: James B. Oerding, Capay, CA; Mary Jo Offerman, Fort Collins, CO; James Oliver, Memphis, TN; Mary Ortendahl, Orinda, CA; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Mary Jo Pieroni, Florence, AL; Diane Plank, Berkeley, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Everett Ramsey, New Orleans, LA; Pamela Ross, Louisville, KY; E. Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Michael Schmidt, Juneau, AK; Richard W. Smith, Columbia, SC; John Stern, Los Angeles, CA; J. Surgan, Nutley, NJ; May C. Targett, Cleveland, OH; Lorna Tjaden, New Hope, MN; Richard Walker, La Jolla, CA; Brian Weaver, Burlington, KY; Margo Wilson, Scottsdale, AZ.
Stone Chariot, Hampi, Karnataka, India

Bronze bust of Aliaga Vahid, Baku, Azerbaijan

October 2015 Issue

Bronze bust of Aliaga Vahid, Baku, Azerbaijan


Aliaga (Aliagha) Vahid, once known as a "master of satiric poetry" in his native Azerbaijan, is the person portrayed in the August issue's mystery photo. Sculpted in 1990 by Rahib Hasanov, the approximately 10-foot-tall bronze bust stands in a small garden area of the Icheri Sheher (Inner City) section of Baku, Azerbaijan. Embedded in the hair of this unique sculpture are allegorical figures.

Aliaga Vahid was actually a pseudonym for Aliaga Isgandarov, who began writing and publishing poems in his late teens. Later, he helped translate Persian literary works into the Azerbaijani language. He died in 1965 at the age of 70. In May 2015, a 120-year anniversary celebration of Vahid's birth was held at Azerbaijan University of Languages.

Eight correct answers were submitted, and ELISABETH LaROE of Alexandria, Virginia, won the drawing. We thank Alla Campbell of Greensboro, Georgia, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Marlene Duffin, San Jose, CA; Morse (Mike) Kalt, Cary, NC; Aavo Koort, Santa Barbara, CA; WINNER: Elisabeth LaRoe, Alexandria, VA; Julia E. McCabe, Haverford, PA; George C. Shey, Webster City, IA; Helga Smith, New York, NY; Tim White, Friday Harbor, WA.

September 2015 Issue

Göltzsch Viaduct, Saxony/Bavaria, Germany



The mystery photo in the July issue showed the Göltzschtalbrücke (Göltzsch Viaduct), a railway bridge that spans the Göltzsch River valley between the towns of Mylau and Netzschkau, connecting the German states of Saxony and Bavaria.

When it was inaugurated in July 1851, the structure was the world’s tallest railway bridge. Today, the 256-foot-tall, 1,883-foot-long span still holds the record as the largest brick-built bridge in the world, containing over 26 million bricks. The bridge’s masonry was completely restored in the mid-1950s.

The viaduct took five years to build, and at nearby Mylau Castle, a museum that opened in 1883 has a room dedicated to the viaduct’s construction, including building plans, photos, paintings and a scale model of the scaffolding.

Eleven correct answers were submitted, and JANET COLLINS of Lexington, Kentucky, won the drawing. We thank Miyako Storch of Santa Barbara, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Sharon Affeltranger, Pacifica, CA; Nicholas Anderson, Windom, MN; WINNER: Janet Collins, Lexington, KY; Robert Filman, Menlo Park, 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; Jennifer Schultz, Northbrook, IL; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA.
Göltzsch Viaduct, Saxony/Bavaria, Germany

King William II of Sicily, Monreale, Italy

August 2015 Issue

King William II of Sicily, Monreale, Italy



King William II of Sicily, also known as William the Good (Guglielmo il Buono), is the monarch portrayed by the statue shown in our June 2015 mystery photo. Located in the cloister of Santa Maria la Nuova, the cathedral of Monreale, on the Italian island of Sicily, the statue shows King William handing the Virgin Mary the church he built during the 12th century in the hillside town of Monreale, which, at 1,000 feet above sea level, overlooks Palermo 5 miles away.

Inside the Norman cathedral, which contains elements that show both Byzantine and Islamic influences, elaborate mosaics made with pure gold cover virtually every wall, an area of over 68,000 square feet. Artwork is also evident outside, in the mythical beasts and other whimsical designs found on the 228 double columns and fountain in the former Benedictine abbey’s cloister.

Thirteen correct answers were submitted, and JILL SULLIVAN of Waynesboro, Virginia, won the drawing. We thank Linda Beuret of Santa Barbara, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nicholas Anderson, Windom, MN; Sylvia George, Rockville, MD; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Merle Hutner, Glenview, IL; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Suzanne Maurice, Montréal, Quebec, Canada; Dawn Moore, Kaneohe, HI; Ira Nathan, Shreveport, LA; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Beth Powell, Eureka, CA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; WINNER: Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA.

July 2015 Issue

“El Beso” (“The Kiss”), Lima, Peru



“El Beso” ("The Kiss") is the name of the bigger-than-life sculpture shown in the May 2015 mystery photo.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, it is located in the Parque del Amor in the Miraflores district of Lima, Peru. The figures in the statue are said to be of the artist, native Peruvian Victor Delfín, and his wife.

“El Beso” was unveiled on Valentine’s Day in 1993 during the park’s inauguration. Now it is the site of an annual kissing contest. Delfín’s artwork includes metal sculptures, paintings and tapestries. Fifty years after establishing his studio in the seaside district of Barranco, Peru, the 87-year-old artist is still producing art.

ITN received a whopping 142 correct answers, and ROBERT FILMAN of Menlo Park, California, won the drawing. We thank Gunter and Ginny Arndt of Solomons, Maryland, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Carol Alabaster, Phoenix, AZ; Richard Alvernaz, Lakeside, CA; Stuart Anderson, Montville, NJ; Lisa Anway, Pebble Beach, CA; Nanci Alexander, Lexington, KY; Deepak Awasthi, Destrehan, LA; Victor Becker, Skokie, IL; Dawn Belcourt, Lakeland, FL; Bobbi Benson, Burlingame, CA; Russell E. Benton, Due West, SC; Charles J. & Yvonne Bishop, Poulsbo, WA; Dorothy Bohan, Webster City, IA; Bob Bowes, Cleveland Heights, OH; Lucyna Boyle, Mesa, AZ; Flora Breidenbach, Elmwood Park, IL; Bonnie Brenner, West Bloomfield, MI; Nelson Burack, Melville, NY; Edward Burns, Cincinnati, OH; Janice Buxton, Huntington Beach, CA; Richard Caetano, San Diego, CA; Trisha Calderon, Staten Island, NY; Linda J. Crist, Reeds Spring, MO; Bruce N. Croft, Henderson, NV; Pat Dalum, Marshfield, WI; Dave & Dita Davis, San Francisco, CA; Edmund Deaton, San Diego, CA; Thomas DeClaire, Webster, NY; Marlene F. Demery, Santa Rosa, CA; Charlene Doll, Anna Maria, FL; Catherine Donahue, Anchorage, AK; Karen Doolittle, Endicott, NY; Charles Driskell, Los Angeles, CA; Ellen Dublo, Strongsville, OH; Cathy Dunlap, Salina, KS; Carole Duree-Jones, Salem, OR; Edwin Tobias Earl, Laguna Beach, CA; Carole Eastus, San Diego, CA; Richard Felak, Niskayuna, NY; Marvin Feldman, Jacksonville, FL; Pat Fickess, Fresno, CA; WINNER: Robert Filman, Menlo Park, CA; Lucille Fjoslien, San Francisco, CA; Richard Foltz, Emmaus, PA; Mary Lu Foreman, Shawnee, KS; Robert & DeLores Frederick, Salinas, CA; Robert Gay, Vero Beach, FL; Carrie Gillespie, Houston, TX; Stanley Gorcik, Buffalo Grove, IL; Elizabeth Halbreich, Lake Worth, FL; Susan Hamilton, Boulder, CO; Kathy Hatfield, Montvale, NJ; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Maxine Hesse, Encinitas, CA; Samuel Leon Hochman, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Frank Hockett, St. Charles, MO; Dianne M. Hoff, Federal Way, WA; Chris Hoffman, Charleston, SC; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Conrad L. Houge, South Colby, WA; Burl Hull, Greensboro, NC; Mikel Hutchinson, Pacifica, CA; Kembell Huyke, Flushing, NY; Jacqueline Janesky, Tucson, AZ; Norma Jenkins, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Jerald Jensen, Santa Clara, UT; Bill Johannes, Columbus, OH; Jim Johnson, Paradise, CA; Robert Johnson, Norristown, PA; Stan C. Kimer, Raleigh, NC; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Beth Klob, La Junta, CO; Janice Kolbaska, Mt. Prospect, IL; George Lauscher, Pocono Summit, PA; Gale Lee, Harrisburg, NC; Claire Leifer, Dix Hills, NY; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Virginia Lyttle, Morris Plains, NJ; Tom Malmoe, Renton, WA; Sondra Markman, Edison, NJ; Margo Mata, Carlsbad, CA; Mary Jane Matheny, Zolfo Springs, FL; William Matson, Apopka, FL; David Mayer, Glen Mills, PA; Robert McCarron, Cuyahoga Falls, OH; R.A. McQueen, Florence, SC; Edith Moates, Norman, OK; Milana Naddeo, Chesterbrook, PA; Mary Napier, New York, NY; Esther Niemi, Emeryville, CA; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; Eric Nussbaum, Freeland, WA; James Oliver, Memphis, TN; Gary C. Olson, Herndon, VA; Sandra Osaki, Honolulu, HI; Anthony Osretkar, Frederick, MD; Patricia Ove, Aurora, CO; Daissy Owen, Iowa City, IA; Ann Panhorst, Stuart, FL; Mukesh Patel, Duluth, GA; Arne Pedersen, Little Silver, NJ; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Donna Peterson, Patch Grove, WI; Ethel Peterson, Bloomington, MN; Edward Pinsky, Montrose, NY; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; James C. Puchner, Franklin Park, IL; Charles Radanovics, Loudon, TN; Marlene Rain, Venice, FL; Cleo Reilly, Portland, OR; Diane Robbins, Penfield, NY; Cidne Rossi, Laguna Woods, CA; Alan Rubendall, Big Bear Lake, CA; Lorenz Rychner, Denver, CO; Barry & Thelma Sampson, Dryden, Ontario, Canada; Marilyn Santiago, Port Angeles, WA; Richard J. Schally, Walnut Creek, CA; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Andrzej Serkuczewski, Santa Clarita, CA; Bernard Sonnek, Easton, MN; Jerry Stamper, Cathedral City, CA; Carol Stremble, Larkspur, CO; Subhadra Suresh, Wyoming, OH; Edward Sylvester, Nevada City, CA; Frances Symons, San Diego, CA; Charlotte Temple, Framingham, MA; Marie-Paule Terrier, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Nancy Theis, Little Rock, AR; Dorothy Thompson, Richland Center, WI; Rolly Thompson, Eugene, OR; Donald R. Tremblay, Santa Monica, CA; Charles Trenkle, Rancho Mirage, CA; Marlene Tuthill, Tillamook, OR; Richard C. Walker, La Jolla, CA; Gail Wang, Troy, MI; Jim Weede, Quincy, IL; Dan Walker, Philadelphia, PA; Nancy Westerholm, Palm Desert, CA; Scott White, Durango, CO; Nancy Whitfield, Oneida, WI; Janet Wright, Kalamazoo, MI; John Zepecki, Morgan Hill, CA. Richard C. Walker, La Jolla, CA; Gail Wang, Troy, MI; Jim Weede, Quincy, IL; Dan Walker, Philadelphia, PA; Nancy Westerholm, Palm Desert, CA; Scott White, Durango, CO; Nancy Whitfield, Oneida, WI; Janet Wright, Kalamazoo, MI; John Zepecki, Morgan Hill, CA.
“El Beso” (“The Kiss”), Lima, Peru

‘Fobos’ wind sculpture, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

June 2015 Issue

‘Fobos’ wind sculpture, Lanzarote, Canary Islands


Erected in 1994 in the village of Tahiche on Lanzarote (one of Spain's Canary Islands, off the northwest coast of Africa), the cast-iron wind sculpture pictured in the April issue's mystery photo is one of several created by native-born artist and architect César Manrique. All of the sculptures are located on roundabouts; this particular one is called "Fobos."

Manrique started sketching these unusual "wind toys" in the '70s, trying to create something to replace the island's disappearing windmills. Following his death in 1992, a foundation was created that continues to foster Manrique's passion for art and also for preserving the natural environment.

Four correct answers were submitted, and RAYMOND PRINCE of Maple Valley, Washington, won the drawing. We thank Gail Riba of Wimauma, Florida, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by: Sylvia Levi, Studio City, CA; WINNER: Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA.

May 2015 Issue

The Nut, Stanley, Tasmania


The “Edge of the World” — Tasmania’s northwest coast — is home to The Nut, the site that was pictured in the March 2015 issue.

Spectacular views can be seen from several vista points atop this ancient volcanic plug, which stands 470 feet tall and overlooks the town of Stanley. Visitors can reach the top by either hiking a steep trail (Nut Summit Loop) for an hour or taking a chair lift.

When they came across it in 1798, British explorers George Bass and Matthew Flinders named the plug “Circular Head.” (Bass is said to have described The Nut as being “as round as a Christmas cake.”)

Eight correct answers were submitted, and JOSEPH B. LAMBERT of San Antonio, Texas, won the drawing. We thank Phyllis Mueller of San Jose, California, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Lori Birr, Algoma, WI; Gregory Hendrickson, Tampa, FL; WINNER: Joseph B. Lambert, San Antonio, TX; Rosemary McDaniel, Trenton, FL; David A. Riegert, Reno, NV; Jim Royle, San Diego, CA; Neal Steinbrenner, Laguna Woods, CA; Richard C. Walker, La Jolla, CA.
 

 
The Nut, Stanley, Tasmania

Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath, India

April 2015 Issue

Dhamek Stupa, Sarnath, India


After attaining enlightenment, the Buddha is said to have preached his first sermon in a deer park that existed in the same area where the structure shown in our February 2015 photo is now located. The 143-foot-tall Dhamek Stupa (sometimes spelled “Dhamekh” or “Dhamekha”) is located in the small village of Sarnath, 8 miles from Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The brick stupa was built in AD 500, replacing another structure that had been commissioned by Mauryan King Ashoka 750 years earlier in 249 BC. According to at least one historical account recorded in AD 640, the Dhamek Stupa stood almost 300 feet tall at that time.

When Wanda Bahde of Summerfield, Florida, submitted the photo, she noted that she had “watched pilgrims circumambulate the stupa while a monk chanted and concluded with prayers.”

Thirty correct answers were submitted, and GEORGE GIANOPULOS of Fresno, California, won the drawing.

Correct answers were submitted by:

James Adams, Los Osos, CA; Herbert E. Allen, Newark, DE; Jill Athey, St. Petersburg, FL; Anne E. (Betty) Atwater, Tucson, AZ; Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; James Bradshaw, Aiken, SC; Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Günther Eichhorn, New York, NY; Larry & Judy Emmons, Grass Valley, CA; Femi Faminu, Los Angeles, CA; WINNER: George Gianopulos, Fresno, CA; Ben Glick, Williamstown, MA; Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Gould, Cumming, GA; Robert Hammersmith, Bethlehem, PA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Jane & Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Judie Johnson, Grand Marais, MN; Mary Kelly, Baton Rouge, LA; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Sarah Kirtland, New York, NY; Robert Kowalczyk, North Dartmouth, MA; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; R.A. McQueen, Florence, SC; Margaret Norman, Gurnee, IL; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Fran Rota, Brookline, MA; Werner Schuele, Sarasota, FL; Regine Schumacher, Seal Beach, CA ; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA; Eleonore Van den Berghe, Phoenix, AZ.
 

 

March 2015 Issue

Ksar in Medenine, Tunisia


In May 1999, the structure pictured in the January 2015 issue suddenly became famous when that year's "Star Wars" movie hit the theaters, as several scenes had been filmed there. The mud-and-stone structure is a ksar, and it's located in Medenine in southeastern Tunisia.

The doorways of the ksar open into vaulted rooms known as ghorfas, once used by Berbers to store large amounts of grain. The multistory ksar also served as a fortification against attacks.

With slight variations in appearance, there are ksars in several locations in southern Tunisia, including Ksar Hadada and Ksar Ouled Soltane near Tataouine, making it a little tricky to guess which one was pictured here. Four correct answers were submitted, and ALBERT SIMONSON, of Santa Ysabel, California, won the drawing.

We thank Robin Ilardi of Morgantown, West Virginia, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Bob Loveland, Gainesville, GA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; WINNER:  Albert Simonson, Santa Ysabel, CA.
Ksar in Medenine, Tunisia

French Park monument in Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama

February 2015 Issue

French Park monument in Casco Viejo, Panama City, Panama


The monument shown in the photo in the December 2014 issue is located in Panama City's Plaza de Francia (French Park), at the tip of Casco Viejo, the city's colonial neighborhood. At the top of the obelisk, built in commemoration of those who died during construction of the Panama Canal, is a rooster, France's national symbol. Smaller monuments, each topped by a bust of a prominent French explorer, surround the obelisk.

The digging of the canal began in 1881 by a French company headed by Ferdinand de Lesseps, a former diplomat who developed Egypt's Suez Canal. In Panama, however, diseases like malaria and yellow fever along with extreme temperatures led to the deaths of more than 20,000 workers. France ceased working on the canal in 1889. It was completed by the United States in 1914.

Sixteen correct answers were submitted, and CANDACE and JERRY BRINEY of Peoria, Arizona, won the drawing. We thank Nili Olay of New York, New York, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Nanci & Keith Alexander, Lexington, KY; Lanie Anderson, Bloomfield Hills, MI; WINNER(s): Candace & Jerry Briney, Peoria, AZ; Doug Clark, San Diego, CA; Erik Davenport, Placerville, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Sally Ingmanson, Escondido, CA; Greg Kelley, Hanford, CA; George C. Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Linda McKeel, Dayton, OR; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Sandra Robson, Brunswick, OH; Marlene Roeseler, Sheboygan, WI; Kathy Whitmer, Bellingham, WA; Becky Wusz, Fairview, OR.