Where in the World Archives

May 2012 Issue

Passion Façade of Sagrada Família Cathedral



One-hundred-and-thirty years and counting. . . . In 1883, 31-year-old architect and artist Antoni Gaudí took over a modest little project in Barcelona that had begun the year before, the subject of the photo in the March '12 issue: Sagrada Família Cathedral. (To be precise, the photo depicts the Passion Façade of the cathedral, taken from beneath the portico.)

With its multiplicity of spires, windows, façades and carved symbols (not to mention interruptions by several wars), it’s perhaps little wonder that the unique building’s construction is estimated to be only halfway completed. Fortunately, as Gaudí said, “My client (God) is not in a hurry.”

Thirty-seven readers sent in correct answers, and RICK SINDING of Princeton, New Jersey, won the drawing. We thank Judy Spielman of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for contributing the photo.
Passion Façade of Sagrada Família Cathedral

Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan province, China

April 2012 Issue

Leshan Giant Buddha, Sichuan province, China


If you wanted to pray at the feet of this Buddha, you could have a lot of company. The subject of December’s photo, the Leshan Giant Buddha, which sits at the confluence of the Mingjiang, Dadu and Qingyi rivers in China's Sichuan province, is the world’s largest carved-stone Buddha.

Carved out of the red-sandstone cliff between AD 713 and 803, the statue is 233 feet high and, at the shoulders, 98 feet wide. At least 100 people could stand on the tops of his feet.
Alternate view

Forty-three readers sent in the correct answer, and SUSAN GJERDE of Davis, California, won the drawing. We thank Willard M. Gentry of Durham, North Carolina, for contributing the photo.

March 2012 Issue

Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England


Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England

The subject of January’s photo is the beginning of time and space. Well, to be more precise, it’s the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England, home to the Prime Meridian.

This line, arbitrarily designated by Sir George Airy in 1851, was officially adopted at an international conference in 1884 by a couple dozen shipping nations. (Preferring a different demarcation point, France abstained.) It marks 0° longitude and the starting point for the 24 time zones on Earth that were established.

Visitors to Greenwich can stand in the Meridian Courtyard astride a stainless-steel strip and have one foot in the Western Hemisphere and one in the Eastern. A green laser overhead also marks the line of the Prime Meridian.

Eight readers sent in correct answers, and DERALD D. NYE of Corona de Tucson, Arizona, won the drawing. We thank Robert F. Disciscio of Sun City, Arizona, for contributing the photo.
Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England

'Beehive' houses in Harran, Turkey

February 2012 Issue

'Beehive' houses in Harran, Turkey


The “beehive” houses in Harran in the southeastern Anatolian region of Turkey

What’s made of mud, stays cool in the hottest weather and boasts a design that hasn’t changed in 3,000 years?

The subject of December’s photo, the “beehive” houses in Harran in the southeastern Anatolian region of Turkey, located very near the border with Syria.

Since the Assyrians first built them, people lived in houses like this in Harran until the 1980s; today, they remain as tourist exhibits.

Thirty-one readers sent in the correct answer, and GORDON STOFF of Venice, Florida, won the drawing.

We thank Michele Burgess of Huntington Beach, California, for contributing the photo.

January 2012 Issue

Island of Hvar, in Adriatic Sea off Dalmatian coast of Croatia


The island of Hvar, in the Adriatic Sea off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia

“When I think of our day on Hvar, I am reminded of the smell of lavender,” wrote BONNIE FLOYD of Sacramento, California, the winner of this month’s drawing. She, along with many of the twenty-eight other readers who sent in correct answers, had been to the subject of November’s photo, the island of Hvar, in the Adriatic Sea off the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.

The photo shows the view from a high point of Hvar city, overlooking the many small islands off Hvar’s coast.

Lavender, grown for perfume, is one of many crops that grow in Hvar’s mild and fertile climate.

Hvar is a two-hour ferry ride from the city of Split, Croatia, and is a favorite destination for travelers to the region.

We thank Helen Weismeyer of Port Ludlow, Washington, for contributing the photo.
Island of Hvar, in Adriatic Sea off Dalmatian coast of Croatia

"Gateway," a 75-foot-high monument in New Zealand

December 2011 Issue

"Gateway," a 75-foot-high monument in New Zealand


Gateway, a 75-foot-high monument in New Zealand.

New Zealand artist Chris Booth built “Gateway,” the 75-foot-high monument that’s the subject of October’s photo, between 1986 and 1990. Since then, the two columns of rock, “joined” by an arch of water, have stood sentinel at one of the entrances of Albert Park in central Auckland, New Zealand.

One art critic said that Booth “creates memorable works that sit respectfully in the landscape.”

Two readers sent in correct answers by the deadline, and BETH POWELL of Eureka, California, won the drawing. We thank Sharon VanDewark of San Diego, California, for contributing the photo.

November 2011 Issue

Museo de Arte Comtemporãnea de Niterói (MAC) in Niterói, Brazil


The Museo de Arte Comtemporãnea de Niterói (MAC) in Niterói, Brazil

Any fan of science fiction, “The Jetsons” or just whimsical design might like to check out the article on architect Oscar Niemeyer on Wikipedia, to see photos of some of his amazing buildings.

In 1996, at age 89, Niemeyer designed the subject of September’s photo, the Museo de Arte Comtemporãnea de Niterói (MAC) in Niterói, Brazil (across the bay from Rio de Janeiro). The flying-saucer-shaped building is one of many futuristic, playful creations by the prize-winning architect, who is to celebrate his 104th birthday on Dec. 15, 2011.

Thirty-five readers sent in correct answers by the deadline, and RUTH-ELLEN DANZ of Wilmette, Illinois, won the drawing. We thank Thom Wilson of Scottsdale, Arizona, for contributing the photo.
Museo de Arte Comtemporãnea de Niterói (MAC) in Niterói, Brazil

Liebfraukirche in Trier, Germany

October 2011 Issue

Liebfraukirche in Trier, Germany


The Liebfraukirche in Trier, Germany

August’s photo depicts the entrance to the Liebfraukirche in Trier, Germany.

Completed in 1260, it is one of the oldest Gothic churches in Germany. (The other contender for the title of “oldest Gothic church” is in Marburg.)

Twelve is the number that dominates the interior of the church. The floor plan resembles a 12-petaled rose, the Mystic Rose that is one of the symbols for the Virgin Mary. On 12 columns, the 12 apostles are painted along with the 12 articles of the Apostle’s Creed.

The 12 tribes of Israel are also symbolized in the church.

Alas, not 12 but only three readers sent in correct answers by the deadline, and JIM and LINDA McLELLAN of The Woodlands, Texas, won the drawing.

ITN’s Jane Albusche contributed the photo.

September 2011 Issue

Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco


Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco
Most every reader who sent in an answer this month had one comment: this place stinks! (Literally.)

July’s photo depicts the Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco. Barbara McIntosh of Roseville, California, who contributed the photo, wrote, “The tannery has been in use since medieval times. With the natural dyes in reds, yellows and blues, the mud-brick vats are beautiful.

Hides from sheep, goats, cows and camels are first treated in the white vats, which are filled with a solution of pigeon droppings and lime to remove the hair. Next, barefoot workers dye the skins. An adjoining shop sells leather goods, from handbags to bacouches (colorful slippers).”

This was a popular one. We had 295 correct answers, and JOAN OFFERLE of Austin, Texas, won the drawing.
Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco

"Mount Sumeru," a depiction of the Buddhist afterlife

August 2011 Issue

"Mount Sumeru," a depiction of the Buddhist afterlife


“Mount Sumeru,” is a depiction of the Buddhist afterlife.

Not a lot of room at the top! The piece shown in June’s photo, “Mount Sumeru,” is a depiction of the Buddhist afterlife.

The 1.5-meter-high, bronze, Ming Dynasty statue stands in front of the Yonghegong (Hall of Harmony and Peace), one of the five halls comprising the Yonghe Temple (aka the Lama Temple) in Beijing, China.

As legend has it, at the very top of Mount Sumeru is paradise, where those who have achieved nirvana dwell.

Beneath that are the realms for mankind and the heavenly kings, while at the bottom, below the sea waves, “evil spirits, devils and criminals abide in hell.”

One reader sent in the correct answer by the deadline, so JOE ROBERSON of Opelika, Alabama, is the winner. We thank Dave Bruels of Seattle, Washington, for contributing the photo.