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Here are 6 places I visited in 2008:

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Now tell me, where was the Sun?

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  • $\begingroup$ Rot13 Jryy, gur fha jnf boivbhfyl va fcnpr... but somehow I don't think that that is the answer you are looking for. $\endgroup$
    – Joe Kerr
    Jan 20 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Joe Keer Indeed :p $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Jan 20 at 15:43
  • $\begingroup$ If you had travelled to those same places in 2020, would the answer be different? $\endgroup$
    – TTT
    Jan 20 at 23:18
  • $\begingroup$ @TTT The date is a small clue, merely confirming the relationship of the places ; the answer would not be different. $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Jan 21 at 8:55
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All the places in the map are

close to famous battles (from WWI and WWII) that are referenced in songs in "The Art of War" album published by Sabaton in 2008, hence the "artistic" part in the title.

  • France:

Not sure what's the specific place marked, but it was part of the Battle of France, referenced in the second song, "Ghost Division".

  • Poland:

the Battle of Wizna, referenced in the fourth song, "40:1".

  • Southern Italy:

the Gallipoli Campaign, referenced in the seventh song, "Cliffs of Gallipoli".

  • Russia:

the Battle of Kursk, referenced in the ninth song, "Panzerkampf".

  • Northern Italy:

the Battle of Monte Cassino, referenced in the tenth song, "Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)".

  • Belgium:

the Battle of Passchendaele, referenced in the eleventh song, "The Price of a Mile".

To answer the question, take into account that:

The album also contains songs with quotes from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War". Considering this, I'd say the answer is: (the) Sun (Tzu) was in China

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    $\begingroup$ Well done! For the French one, I decided to put Avesnes, which was the initial (but largely exceeded) objective of the 7th Panzer Division. Also, I took the liberty to add spoiler tags to your answer ;) $\endgroup$
    – Keelhaul
    Jan 21 at 14:00
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, right, I keep forgetting to spoilertag the content :P Nice question! $\endgroup$ Jan 21 at 14:18

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