Where in the World Archives

January 2014 Issue

Ak-Sarai Palace, Uzbekistan


Over 600 years have passed since construction began on the structure you see in November’s photo. It is what remains of Ak-Saray (Ak-Sarai), which was Amir Timur’s (Amir Temur's) summer palace, built in his hometown of Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan. Construction is said to have begun in 1380, and a surviving inscription gives the date of the palace's completion as "798 A.H.," or AD 1395-96. However, further construction and embellishment went on until Timur's death in 1405. Today, all that remains are the huge portals.
Ak-Sarai Palace, Uzbekistan

The ruler of Uzbekistan, Amir Timur — also known as Timur the Great and Tamerlane — believed his buildings to be the best in the world. One legend claims that gold sand was put into the clay used to make the first bricks for the palace. The height of the main portal was 230 feet, as tall as a 20-story building, and the corner towers were more than 30 feet taller than that.

Twenty-four correct answers were submitted, and PRESTON REEVES of Seguin, Texas, won the drawing. We thank Alan R. Lichtenstein of Commack, New York, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Bette Adelman, Scottsdale, AZ; Dottie & Bud Anderson, Concord, CA; Shirley & Victor Becker, Skokie, IL; Robert Bowes, Cleveland Heights, OH; Robert W. Clemmer, Yorba Linda, CA; Brooks Goddard, Needham, MA; Stuart A. Green, M.D., Los Alamitos, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Magali V. Hinojosa, Laredo, TX; Neil Johnson, San Jose, CA; Mark Kirby, New York, NY; Janet Lakin, Redmond, OR; Joseph B. Lambert, San Antonio, TX; David J. Patten, St. Petersburg, FL; Dr. Richard C. Pearson, Raleigh, NC; WINNER: Preston Reeves, Seguin, TX; Cleo Reilly, Portland, OR; Rick Sinding, Princeton, NJ; Jeanne & Dave Smith, Irvine, CA; George Sonnichsen, The Villages, FL; Barbara Virden, Santa Ana, CA; Robert C. Wilson, Indian Head, MD; Wendy Windebank, Pacific Palisades, CA; Teresa Zabala, Salinas, CA.
Ak-Sarai Palace, Uzbekistan

Cruz del Tercer Milenio, Chile

December 2013 Issue

Cruz del Tercer Milenio, Chile


Cruz del Tercer Milenio (Cross of the Third Millennium), Chile

October’s photo shows the Cruz del Tercer Milenio, or Cross of the Third Millennium, in Coquimbo, Chile, a monument erected to commemorate the Catholic Church’s Great Jubilee, in 2000, in recognition of the beginning of the third millennium following the birth of Christ.

Erected at the summit of Cerro el Vigia (Lookout Hill) at 197 meters (646 feet) above sea level, the cross consists of three columns emerging from an equilateral triangle, representing the Holy Trinity. It also has a high-tech bell tower, life-size bronze sculptures of the Stations of the Cross, a large chapel and a replica of Michelangelo’s "Pietà."

Standing 83 meters (272 feet) tall, the cross is the tallest monument in South America. The arms of the cross stretch 40 meters wide, and windows allow a 360-degree panoramic view of the city, bay and Pacific Ocean. Visitors can reach the windows by elevator or stairs in the structure’s central column.

Nine correct answers were submitted, and BRIAN WEAVER of Burlington, Kentucky, won the drawing. We thank Jack W. Dini of Livermore, California, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers were sent in by:

Cynthia Bauzon, Rockville, MD; Terrell Emmons, Springfield, VA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; John & Eileen Leach, Hickory, NC; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; Charles Rhine, Greeley, CO; Maureen Rompasky, Kula, HI; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; WINNER: Brian Weaver, Burlington, KY.

November 2013 Issue

Druk Wangyal Khangzang, Bhutan


September’s photo depicts the Druk Wangyal Khangzang at Dochula Pass in Bhutan, 30 kilometers northeast of the capital, Thimphu.
Druk Wangyal Khangzang at Dochula Pass in Bhutan

In 2003, Assamite separatists from India set up military operations within Bhutan’s borders. The usually peaceful Bhutanese raised an army 7,000 strong to drive the rebels back over the border. Druk Wangyal, constructed in 2004, honors the souls of those who died. It comprises a main chorten and some of the surrounding 108 smaller chortens. (A chorten is a religious structure commemorating an event or person or which acts as protection for a place. 108 is one of the holy numbers in Buddhism.)

Reader Gloria Helmuth of Tulsa, Oklahoma, saw the memorial with a guide who had fought in the battle.

Eighty-seven correct answers were sent in, and GEORGE W. HOBGOOD of Austin, Texas, won the drawing. We thank Keith D. Jackson of Parksville, British Columbia, Canada, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers were sent in by:

Mr. & Mrs. D. Adolphson, Walnut Creek, CA; Ronald Arrants, Benicia, CA; Gary & Lajetta Atwood, Burien, WA; V. Ruth Barnes, Merritt Island, FL; Gerald Becker, Calabasas, CA; Mrs. Peter Beuret, Santa Barbara, CA; Fritz Beyerlein, Sunnyvale, CA; Rita Bocher, Wynnewood, PA; Paul Braeckmans, San Gabriel, CA; Betty Breed, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Marie Brown, Baldwin, NY; Steven Buchwalter, West Orange, NJ; Mary Bush, Hillsboro, OR; Ron Calderoni, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada; V. Joan Campbell, Reynoldsburg, OH; Julie Cassen, Charlotte, NC; Phyllis Christenson, Monument, CO; Lydia Clement, Las Vegas, NV; Deborah Conklin, Cedar Rapids, IA; Irving Dayton, Corvallis, OR; Beverly De Graaf, Morristown, NJ; Linda Devlin, Waterbury, VT; Donn Duling, Omaha, NE; Edwin Tobias Earl, Laguna Beach, CA; Betty Edmonson, Tucson, AZ; Alvin Faierman, Del Mar, CA; Bruce Fink, Londonderry, NH; Julie Fisher, Sacramento, CA; Ione Fujio, Honolulu, HI; Helen Gigliotti, Sanger, CA; Don Gillies, Santa Barbara, CA; Russell Gluck, Franklin Lakes, NJ; Kenneth Gould, Clearwater Beach, FL; Dora Gropp, Anchorage, AK; Susan Hart, Delmar, NY; Gloria Helmuth, Tulsa, OK; Iris Herrin, St. Augustine, FL; WINNER: George Hobgood, Austin, TX; Carol Hodgson, De Pere, WI; Linda Huetinck, Alhambra, CA; Doranne Jacobson, Springfield, IL; Kathleen Jensen, Alameda, CA; Marilyn Jestes, Roulette, PA; J. Christine Johnson, San Ramon, CA; Judie Johnson, Grand Marais, MN; Sabine Joyce, Harwood, MD; Arno Lauterbach, San Jose, CA; David Ligerman, Miami, FL; Sandra Lovell, Cambridge, MA; Helen Maguire, Great Falls, MT; Clark Masters, Westborough, MA; Rosemary McDaniel, Trenton, FL; Barbara McIntosh, Roseville, CA; Josephine Moore, New Windsor, NY; Bonnie Neel, Springfield, VA; Michael Newman, Los Angeles, CA; Dave Netzer, West Barnstable, MA; Mark Paine, North Salem, NY; Marisol Pelaez-Leong, Brooklyn, NY; Joel Pollack, Denver, CO; Beth Powell; Judi Purcell, Pensacola Beach, FL; Vicki Reed, San Diego, CA; Wanda Ross, Cupertino, CA; Larry Sanchez, La Mesa, CA; Phyllis Schlesinger, New York, NY; Cindy Shurtleff, Seattle, WA; Jeanne Smith, Irvine, CA; Francine Sterle, Iron, MN; Phyllis & David Stolls, Riverside, CA; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA; Charlotte Temple; Diana Thomson; Susan Tittle, Palos Verdes Estates, CA; Peg Tredennick, Littleton, CO; Robert Turk, Dayton, OH; Alice Tucker, Honolulu, HI; Mary Turney, WY; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Kathryn Verwillow, Palo Alto, CA; Richard Walker, La Jolla, CA; Gail Wang, Troy, MI; Yvette Wigman-Childers, Honolulu, HI; Mark Wilkins, Sedro Woolley, WA; Wendy Windebank, Pacific Palisades, CA; and Sandra Winter, San Diego, CA.
Druk Wangyal Khangzang, Bhutan

Taung Kalat Buddhist monastery, Myanmar

October 2013 Issue

Taung Kalat Buddhist monastery, Myanmar


A precarious pyroclastic perch? August’s photo depicts the lovely Taung Kalat Buddhist monastery, which sits atop a 2,417-foot-high, sheer-sided volcanic plug that formed way off on the southwestern slope of 4,981-foot-high Mount Popa in central Myanmar.
Czech artist David Cerny’s sculpture “Man Hanging Out”

It’s believed that 37 nats (demigods) make Taung Kalat their home, and there are festivals every year at which devotees, bearing flowers and other offerings, climb the 777 steps to the shrine at the top. Pilgrims and visitors are cautioned to keep an eye out for the resident macaque monkeys, who like to help themselves to anything not nailed down.

Twenty-one correct answers were sent in, and DORANNE JACOBSON of Springfield, Illinois, won the drawing. We thank Joan Poultney and Lewis Whitaker of Wilton, Connecticut, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers were sent in by:

Shirley Becker, Skokie, IL; Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Edwin Tobias Earl, Laguna Beach, CA; Lucille Fjoslien, San Francisco, CA; Dora Gropp, Anchorage, AK; Louis Haba, Somis, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Magali Hinojosa, Laredo, TX; WINNER: Doranne Jacobson, Springfield, IL; Eddie Joseph, Encino, CA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Steve Lopes, Lawrence, KS; Chuck Perelman, Culver City, CA; Tad Riley, Fairfield, CA; Joy Robinson, Palo Alto, CA; Helga Smith, New York, NY; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Karen Watkins, Schenectady, NY; Violet White, Carmel, IN; Kathy Wilhelm, Cary, NC; and Michael & Janet Wincour, Beverly, MA. 

September 2013 Issue

David Cerny’s sculpture “Man Hanging Out”


Hanging out. . . all over the place!

You’re witnessing “Where in the World?” history, gentle readers. For the first time ever, we’re accepting more than one answer as the correct one!
Czech artist David Cerny’s sculpture “Man Hanging Out”

July’s photo depicts controversial Czech artist David Cerny’s sculpture “Man Hanging Out,” which poses father of psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud in a rather precarious position. Where?

Well, this month’s photo was contributed by Chuck Bingley of Richmond, Virginia, who snapped the picture in Olomouc, Czech Republic, in 2011. Little did we know when printing Mr. Bingley’s photo that Freud came quite late to Olomouc. The original sculpture was installed in Prague in 1997 and remains there. Copies of the piece subsequently have dangled in Berlin, London, Stockholm and even Grand Rapids, Michigan (where he caused many calls to suicide hotlines from concerned citizens).

Because the photo does not include enough background to put it into the proper context of its Olomouc setting, we’re accepting as correct all answers that mention any place Dr. Freud’s figure hangs out. Thirty-seven correct answers were received, and BONNIE OUTTEN of Willis, Virginia, won the drawing.

Correct answers were sent in by:

Nanci Alexander, Lexington, KY; Russ & Mary Bardin, Kennesaw, GA; Cynthia Bauzon, Rockville, MD; Meg Churchill, Jefferson City, MO; Barbara Danzig, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; Daniela Doneva, Woodhaven, NY; Renie Graham, Encinitas, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; Mary Hoffman, La Mesa, CA; Marilyn Horn, Santa Monica, CA; Kembell Huyke, Flushing, NY; Leslie Jamison; Karyn Janssen, Fairbanks, AK; Stephen Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Stanley Kimer, Raleigh, NC; George Kingston, East Longmeadow, MA; Sharad Kumar, Oakland Twp, MI; Janet Masciotra, Springfield, MA; Dave Nichol, Big Rapids, MI; WINNER: Bonnie Outten, Willis, VA; Kathy Parsons, Ann Arbor, MI; Nicholas Paul, Nashua, NH; Glenn Peterson, Carlsbad, CA; Sandra Pollitt, Portland, OR; Jerry Porter, Ardmore, PA; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Donna Pyle, Boulder, CO; Judith Rivard, Foster, RI; Rocky Roland, Bastrop, TX; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Eileen Schattner, Alhambra, CA; William Solof, Lakewood, CO; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA; Frances Symons, San Diego, CA; Jim Weede, Quincy, IL; Richard Welch, Annandale, VA and Yoshihiko Yagi, Kalamazoo, MI.
David Cerny’s sculpture “Man Hanging Out”

“Handrail” at Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia

August 2013 Issue

“Handrail” at Rector’s Palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia


June's photo depicted a "handrail" on a stairway at the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia. The palace, which today houses a museum, has had a tumultuous history. The first building on the site was gutted by a fire in 1435, and a new Gothic-style building was constructed. Gunpowder stored in the palace armory exploded in 1463, causing major damage and leading to reconstruction, and strong earthquakes ravaged the building in 1520 and 1667. Much of the reconstruction (which remains intact to this day) was in the Baroque style.

Forty-seven readers sent in the correct answer, and DEB KALIKOW of Westford, Massachusetts, won the drawing. We thank Ann White of Concord, California, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers were sent in by:

Frank Aigner, Bridgewater, VA; Bonnie Agnell; Rita Agnerthal, Yorktown Heights, NY; Eleanore Allanson-Donoho, Elgin, IL; Ronnie Allen, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Kay Amick, Knoxville, TN; Georgene Angrist, Minneapolis, MN; Maureen Babula, Phillipsburg, NJ; Rachel Black, Lincoln, CA; Cathy Briner, Eugene, OR; Patricia Bunyard, Cambria, CA; Sharon Dahme, Covina, CA; Terrel Emmons, Springfield, VA; Deborah Futch, Winter Haven, FL; Donald Gillies, Santa Barbara, CA; Gordon Goebbert, Algonquin, IL; Susan Hart, Delmar, NY; Sam Hellis, Tacoma, WA; Kembell Huyke, Flushing, NY; WINNER: Deb Kalikow, Westford, MA; Karyn Kandell, Kyoto, Japan; Sherrie and Gary Kay, Tucson, AZ; Jack King, Fayetteville, AR; Kathy Kloehn, St. Louis Park, MN; Barbara Koerner, Sacramento, CA; Susan Lemieux, Prescott, AZ; Mary Linnemann, Melrose, MN; Cynthia Lyon, Atlanta, GA; Michelle Mellon, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA; John Melton, Palo Alto, CA; Sherri Morgan, Denver, CO; Ron Oakham, Tucson, AZ; Mary Jo Offerman, Fort Collins, CO; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Robert Rhoads, Sullivan, MO; Donald Rice, San Jose, CA; Pam Ross, Louisville, KY; Heidi Schuchmann, Ballwin, MO; Marian Spainhower, Red Bluff, CA; Richard Stanish, Tulsa, OK; Pam Strang, Liberty, MO; Claire Troop, Wernersville, PA; Emma Underhill, Frenchville, ME; Dale Vaughan, Tustin, CA; Kathy Whitmer, Bellingham, WA; Martha Wiley, Kaneohe, HI; Kathy Wood, Potomac Falls, VA.

July 2013 Issue

Paracas Candelabra at Pisco Bay, Peru


Can a giant Liberace be far behind?

May's photo depicts the Paracas Candelabra, a 595-foot-long geoglyph cut into the soil of the Paracas Peninsula at Pisco Bay, Peru. It’s believed to have been made by the Paracas people in about 200 BC. Although the Spanish explorers who "discovered" it called it a candelabra, it is more likely meant to be a trident or lightning rod wielded by the god Viracocha — but no one knows for sure. The giant glyph is visible to ships as far as 12 miles out to sea.

Seventy-four readers sent in the correct answer by the deadline, and MARY HESS of Wakefield, Rhode Island, won the drawing. We thank Gunter and Ginny Arndt of Solomons, Maryland, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers were sent in by:

Russell Adams, Reading, PA; Ronnie Allen, Bala Cynwyd, PA; Ivan Applebaum, Maitland, FL; Gary & Lajetta Atwood, Burien, WA; Rob Becker, Medford, NJ; Russ Benton, Due West, SC; Marie Beretta, Haines City, FL; Janet Brenneman, Billings, MT; Roberta Bragan, Enfiled, CT; Jerry Briney, Peoria, AZ; Severon Buccatia, Sacramento, CA; Pat Bunyard, Cambria, CA; Jerry Carre, Mobile, AL; Butch Carter, Santa Ysabel, CA; Carolyn Casperson, Banning, CA; Warren Cotton, Oceanside, CA; Ida Cuthbertson, Sarasota, FL; Charles Davant; Eric and Jackie Davenport; Joan DeRycke, Riverside, IL; Catherine Donohue, Anchorage, AK; Ellen Dublo, Strongsville, OH; Terrel Emmons, Springfield, VA; Marty Anne Ernzen, Wichita, KS; Burt Falke, Baltimore, MD; Willie Kate Friar, Lafayette, CO; Laurie Friedman, Davis, CA; Betty Godwin, Cairo, GA; Dora Gropp, Anchorage, AK; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; WINNER: Mary Hess, Wakefield, RI; Leonora Hightman, San Diego, CA; Magali Hinojosa, Lareso, TX; Jane and Clyde Holt, Hinesburg, VT; Samuel Hochman, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Conrad & Alice Houge, South Colby, WA; Jeanne Isaacman, Jenkintown, PA; Steve Jeffries, Centennial, CO; Judi Just, Lompoc, CA; Jack Kaufman, Lake Quivira, KS; Fred Koehler, Orange, CA; Katie Koloboff, Orinda, CA; Roy and Martha Lance, Fullerton, CA; Anne Lesnet, Muscatine, IA; Sylvia Levi, Studio City, CA; William Matson, Apopka, FL; Ron Merlo, Glendale, CA; Kate McIntyre, Sherman Oaks, CA; Sharyn and Bert Model, Summit, NJ; Martha Jo Morehouse, Glendale, CA; Tama Nathan, Shreveport, LA; Joan Offerle, Austin, TX; Betty Pex, Belmont, CA; Edward Pinsky, Montrose, NY; Betty Planeta, Hallandale Beach, FL; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Rocky Roland, Bastrop, TX; Stephen Saks, Pikesville, MD; Larry Sanchez; Gene Schloemer, Reno, NV; Regine Schumacher, Seal Beach, CA; Myra Slusser, Sand Springs, OK; Barry & Karen Still, Coeur d’alene, ID; James Thompson, Charlotte, NC; Carolyn Tyssen, Clifton, TX; Richard Walker, La Jolla, CA; Chuck Wallach, Springfield, NJ; Karen Warburg, Seaside, CA; John Wasser, New Port Richey, FL; Lois Welch, Richmond, KY; Lewis Whitaker, Wilton, CT; Claire Wilson, Los Gatos, CA; Wilma Wright, Penn Laird, VA, and Mark Zizzamia, Johns Island, SC.
Paracas Candelabra at Pisco Bay, Peru

The O2, aka the Millennium Dome

June 2013 Issue

The O2, aka the Millennium Dome


The O2, aka the Millennium Dome

Can you walk on air? Well, in London, England, the site of April’s photo, you can walk on O2. The photo shows the top of The O2, aka the Millennium Dome, built in 1999 to house an exhibit to celebrate the third millennium, then sold, refurbished and renamed to be the center of a complex of entertainment venues.

Located in the North Greenwich district, The O2 houses a concert arena, a cinema complex, a dance club, an exhibit space and much more. Or you can walk across the dome’s roof and take in the view from 196 feet up; visit www.theo2.co.uk.

Eighteen readers sent in correct answers, and MARY O’DONNELL of Wilton Manors, Florida, won the drawing. We thank Judy Spielman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers were sent in by:

Stephen O. Addison, Jr. & Paula Owens, Charlotte, NC; Steven Beningo, Derwood, MD; Richard & Joan Blacharski, Cumming, GA; Philip L. Cosgrove, Houston, TX; Richard Felak, Niskayuna, NY; John Gleason, Bossier City, LA; Phil Lutzi, St. Pete Beach, FL; WINNER: Mary O’Donnell, Wilton Manors, FL; R.A. McQueen, Florence, SC; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Joe D. Roberson, Opelika, AL; Charles Twine, Durham, NC; Brian Weaver, Burlington, KY; Richard Welch, Annandale, VA; Kathy Wilhelm, Cary, NC, and Marj Wright, Marlboro, VT.

May 2013 Issue

Shlisselburg Fortress, Russia


Shlisselburg Fortress

The subject of March’s photo is Shlisselburg Fortress, located by Lake Ladoga near the head of the Neva River in northwestern Russia.

There’s been a fortification on the site of Shlisselburg for 800 years. Possession of the site ping-ponged between Sweden and the Novogorod Republic for centuries until Peter the Great of Russia “won” the battle for it in 1702. (Russia lost 6,000 men and Sweden, 110, but Russia got the fortress.) Today Shlissleburg is home to the Museum of Political Prisoners of the Russian Empire.

Four readers sent in the correct answer, and MAUREEN PATRICK of Margate, Florida, won the drawing. We thank Wanda Bahde of Summerfield, Florida, for sending in the photo.
Shlisselburg Fortress, Russia

Pablo Picasso sculpture on Lake Vänern near Kristinehamn, Sweden

April 2013 Issue

Pablo Picasso sculpture on Lake Vänern near Kristinehamn, Sweden


The location of the subject in February’s photo is the shore of Lake Vänern near Kristinehamn, Sweden. Pictured is a 15-meter-tall sculpture imagined by Pablo Picasso and built by Norwegian artist Carl Nejsar in 1965. Its steel frame was filled with small stones and concrete, and the exterior patterns then were created through sand blasting. The sculpture is a portrait of Picasso’s wife, Jacqueline. (From another angle, the sculpture resembles a face in profile.)

Five readers sent in the correct answer, and RICHARD SUNDEEN of Manhattan Beach, California, won the drawing.

We thank Carole Jacobs of Golden, Colorado, for contributing the photo.