Wish we were

…at the Mapparium in the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, Massachusetts.

We have some rather large globes in our globe room but none are actually a room.

Image: The Mary Baker Eddy Library
Image: The Mary Baker Eddy Library

The Mapparium, in the Mary Baker Eddy Library is a three-story, stained-glass globe that you can walk inside.

Opened in 1935, the mapping is accurate of that time. Included in many interesting features is the fact that what we know as Israel does not feature as it was not established as a modern state until 1948. Instead, it is a part of Palestine.

Image: The Mary Baker Eddy Library
Image: The Mary Baker Eddy Library

The amount of red appearing in the Mapparium is not a political statement but a way for the makers to show off as the colour red was technically the hardest to create on stained glass.

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Image: The Mary Baker Eddy Library

When it first opened in the 1930s, the Mapparium was illuminated by over 300 light bulbs. These bulbs were replaced during a revamp in 2002 by 206 LED fixtures that produce different colour effects.

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Image: The Mary Baker Eddy Library

The Mapparium is famous for its acoustics, not only does the glass dome create surround sound when you stand under the North Pole but if you stand at one side of the dome and whisper to someone at the other side, it sounds like you are standing next to them because the sound travels along the curves of the glass from both directions simultaneously.

For more on the Mapparium see: marybakereddylibrary.org

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