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Why Prague and a Czech empire?

First of all, a little correction to the question: The Bartimaeus books don't name it a Czech empire. It's the Holy Roman Empire they name, but that has a strong connection to Prague. An Empire with ...
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Was Lovecraft's "Shunned House" a real building?

Yes, it was based on the Stephen Harris House, 135 Benefit Street, Providence. Here's a picture by Flickr user Andrew Kuchling: And here's Lovecraft on his letter to Lillian Clark, 4 November 1924 (...
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What is the "Sexateria"?

The Sexateria is not a real thing. By analogy with "cafeteria," the implication is that the Sexateria is a place where sex is purchased and enjoyed—presumably in the open, casual manner in which food ...
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Where is the Abbey of the Albertian Order of St. Leibowitz?

I don't know exactly how much research went into developing the location of the abbey, but it's perfectly possible to get at least an approximate location. As mentioned, there are several clues to ...
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Did Tolkien use Mont Saint-Michel as the inspiration for Minas Tirith

There is no evidence that Tolkien was inspired by Mont Saint-Michel It's hard to prove a negative, but there simply isn't any evidence of Tolkien ever referring to Mont Saint-Michel and there isn't ...
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What is the location of Dr. Louise Banks's house?

In-universe location. The script and film are intentionally vague on the subject. Louise appears to be an American national (and her students have American accents) which would imply that she lives ...
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Where is the ruin in District 13 in The Hunger Games Mockingjay Part I located in real life?

This article (Jennifer Lawrence Almost Dies On MockingJay Set In Atlanta) shows Jennifer Lawrence in front of the archway you took screenshot of. On further digging, the above location is in ...
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How identifiable is The Wall in The Handmaid's Tale?

Lots of the things mentioned point to it being Harvard Square. E.g., "we used to be able to walk freely there, when it was a university." However the word Harvard is absent the entire book, and ...
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Where in London is 12 Grimmauld Place?

There is no definite location according to canon sources, however some educated guesses have been made on possible locations. First and foremost, there seems to be some inaccurate information out ...
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What is the location of Dr. Louise Banks's house?

Here is the Streetview of the house. It's in L'Île-Cadieux, Québec. Film: It would appear that the interior was also used. Note that the side window also points toward a small inlet, visible in ...
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Where is Godric's Hollow?

I can go a bit better than "somewhere in Britain": Most celebrated of these half-magical dwelling places is, perhaps, Godric's Hollow, the West Country village where the great wizard Godric ...
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What Happened to the Jurassic Park Helipad?

There are confirmations from various local guides that the helipad was damaged by Hurricane Iniki shortly after filming completed. Some of the stone supports can still be seen on the wall that abuts ...
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What observatory featured in the climax of "Northstar"?

Guessing from visual similarity and location only - Palomar Observatory. (image source) In this frame from the film you can see the base of the scope cradled between the two diagonal cylindrical ...
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Where is Godric's Hollow?

"Wild Moor" (based off of what people are saying in the comments, this is probably either Dartmoor or Bodmin Moor) Quoting from the sorting hat's song: A thousand years or more ago, When I was ...
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Where is Metropolis?

There is no mention of a specific real world location. However, the inspiration seems to be New York. Fritz Lang has been quoted in various interviews: "the film was born from my first sight ...
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In-universe, where is Camp Crystal Lake?

Probably near Sussex County NJ, or its fictional equivalent Sussex County is the most frequently quoted location. Tomahawk Lake is within 13 miles of Camp Crystal Lake. From the first movie: This ...
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Where in Moscow are the Watch offices?

Night Watch office is in the Moscow area called Sokol. Через полчаса я доехал до "Сокола", выбрался наверх. Вокруг было шумно, в воздухе – выхлопная автомобильная гарь. И все-таки – весна. ....
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Does the sign "Protect […] the people from the people" reference a real-life sign at Yellowstone National Park?

There don't seem to be many solid origins of this quote. The best one seems to be what @Valorum posted in their comment. This comes directly from the California Department of Parks and Recreation: In ...
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Where is Godric's Hollow?

For Harry Potter related location questions, a good place to start is Location, Location on the White Hound Fanfiction site. They try to consider all the existing clues, fairly neutrally, and often ...
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Is there a particular building on the real Russell Square that we can identify as the Folly?

The novella 'What Abigail Did That Summer' is pretty explicit about the location of The Folly. ...sits on the south side of Russell Square on the corner of Bedford Place. As the west side of Bedford ...
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What observatory featured in the climax of "Northstar"?

That's the Mount Palomar Observatory, located north of San Diego (and thus relatively conveniently located for Hollywood filming). It has a fairly distinctive appearance, with the rings running ...
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Does the Miskatonic River match a real place?

No The Miskatonic River starts in north central Massachusetts and flows into the sea in Massachusetts. No river matches that description. Supporting quotes All quotes are from Lovecraft's works ...
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Can anything be figured out about the setting of Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air"?

Specific places mentioned are the nuclear facilities at Los Alamos (New Mexico) Brookhaven (New York), Argonne (Illinois) and "around the world" we find that there are colonies in Harwell (...
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Where's the New Annex?

We get a lot of details indirectly from Bob's trip to the Stacks in The Fuller Memorandum. He leaves from the New Annex, the Stacks were under Dansey House and haven't been moved. Bob makes the trip ...
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Filming location in “The Woman Who Fell to Earth”

Near Halifax, or Cardiff, possibly both As TheLethalCarrot points out in a comment, Radio Times says that the episode was filmed in Cardiff and Sheffield. A blog called A Geek in Time and Space ...
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Where is the setting of the start of Dragon Rider?

The Valley of the Dragons is located somewhere in Scotland. In my copy of Dragon Rider there's a "Meet The Author" section at the end. One of the questions asks about the Valley of the ...
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Where is the napalm falling?

When I first looked at the image I assumed it was a composite as well, until I took a look at the city in Google Maps. By rotating the map until I found the correct orientation, I was forced to rely ...
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Where in Yosemite Valley was the shot of Kirk nearly hitting the ground filmed?

According to Shatner's book, "Star Trek Movie Memories", the shot of him almost hitting the ground was filmed on a sound stage with him in a rig comfortably suspended a few feet off the ground. ...
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Does the Miskatonic River match a real place?

I think that the Saugus River is the best choice considering the description in the original post. Other reasonable choices are the Merrimack River, Crane Brook plus Crane River, and Mystic River. ...
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