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  Cathedrals of England   great trivia quiz  
Collection Quiz
 15 Qns
England has many religious buildings. Some are cathedrals while others are abbeys. From this list of locations, can you pick out the cathedrals and leave the abbeys untouched?
Average, 15 Qns, rossian, Oct 06 23
rossian editor
Oct 06 23
196 plays
  Abbeys and Priories of the UK   top quiz  
Label Quiz
 10 Qns
Britain has many abbeys and priories, mostly in ruins thanks to Henry VIII. The ruins are picturesque and magnificent in their beauty and attract many visitors each year. Can you place these famous sites on a map of the UK, though? Let's find out.
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Jul 08 23
rossian editor
Jul 08 23
271 plays
Italys Divine Duomos
  Italy's Divine Duomos   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
From the Latin "domus" (meaning "house"), the Italian word "duomo" denotes the cathedral or most important church of a city. This quiz will take you on a tour of some of the many beautiful Duomos found all over the peninsula.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Jul 26 21
LadyNym gold member
Jul 26 21
157 plays
My Eyes Adored You
  My Eyes Adored You   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Franki Valli may have been singing about a woman, but this quiz is about famous places of worship. Let's feast our eyes on some of these magnificent buildings from Europe and Asia.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Apr 04 16
looney_tunes editor
557 plays
Get Thee to a Nunnery
  Get Thee to a Nunnery   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Yet another Will Shakespeare quote for this photo quiz - brought to you by What a Team - about some famous European abbeys, convents and monasteries. Feast your eyes on these stunning buildings!
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Sep 24 18
LadyNym gold member
Sep 24 18
311 plays
European Gothic Not Only NotreDame
  European Gothic: Not Only Notre-Dame   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
My first photo quiz - written for Kyleisalive's Globetrot Trivia challenge - celebrates the stunning beauty of Gothic cathedrals and churches throughout Europe.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Jan 22 18
LadyNym gold member
Jan 22 18
471 plays
Time For a Little Prayer
  Time For a Little Prayer   best quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
In this quiz we'll take a look at ten places of worship from various world religions.
Average, 10 Qns, AlonsoKing, Mar 10 17
423 plays
Lalibelas RockHewn Churches
  Lalibela's Rock-Hewn Churches   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This pilgrimage site in Ethiopia was designated a UNESCO site of Outstanding Universal Value in 1978. There are a number of accepted spellings for the churches (as they originate in Arabic script), so I have chosen to use those in the UNESCO listing.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jul 16 23
looney_tunes editor
Jul 16 23
51 plays
Ancient Temples of Egypt
  Ancient Temples of Egypt editor best quiz   top quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
The ancient Egyptians certainly knew how to build themselves a temple! Come along with me, and let's visit a few of them!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Apr 04 22
ponycargirl editor
Apr 04 22
170 plays
Going to the Temple
  Going to the Temple   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
A whirlwind tour of various temples in India.
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, Jun 04 18
zorba_scank gold member
Jun 04 18
277 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Who commissioned the construction of St. Basil's Cathedral?

From Quiz "Go Red with Team Red!"

The Cathedrals of Europe
  The Cathedrals of Europe   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This continues the pictorial tour of the world's great cathedrals that began in the United Kingdom before crossing the Atlantic to North America...
Tough, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Dec 12 14
EnglishJedi gold member
664 plays
Churches Cathedrals Temples etc
  Churches, Cathedrals, Temples, etc   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Religious buildings provide some breathtaking architecture. Here we take a photographic around some of the world's most spectacular examples.
Average, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Dec 13 14
EnglishJedi gold member
629 plays
The Cathedrals of England and Wales
  The Cathedrals of England and Wales   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you identify these ten English and Welsh cathedrals from the photographs and the clues provided?
Average, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Jul 28 14
EnglishJedi gold member
449 plays
English Cathedrals
  Take this English Cathedrals Quiz    
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
England has a great many cathedrals of different denominations and designs. Can you identify ten of them from their picture?
Tough, 10 Qns, Red_John, Sep 28 20
Sep 28 20
193 plays
  Unusual Churches    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Places of worship come in all different shapes, sizes and materials. Here is a quiz on ten out of the ordinary churches around the world.
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jul 14 23
Joepetz gold member
Jul 14 23
135 plays
Cathedrals of USA and Canada
  Cathedrals of USA and Canada   popular trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
Continuing the series that began with "Cathedrals of England and Wales", we now cross the Atlantic to visit some of the spectacular architecture of North America's cathedrals.
Average, 10 Qns, EnglishJedi, Aug 01 14
EnglishJedi gold member
365 plays
  Famous Churches of Europe Quiz Challenge   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ten multiple choice questions about European churches. Some cathedrals are referred to by their city and others by the name they are most known by. All saints names are the anglicised version.
Average, 10 Qns, Midget40, Nov 24 22
Midget40 gold member
Nov 24 22
1363 plays
  Churches and Cathedrals of Europe   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome! Let us take a look at several European Christian religious buildings, all of which have been chosen, by themselves or in a greater context, as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Tough, 10 Qns, WesleyCrusher, Jul 31 12
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4156 plays
  Checking Out Parisian Churches   top quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Paris is home to over 200 churches, but we will only visit ten of them today. Can you identify each from one of its distinguishing features?
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Jan 19 18
looney_tunes editor
Jan 19 18
374 plays
  Hagia Sophia   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hagia Sophia - one of Istanbul's most famous buildings - majestically rises out of the city skyline. The structure has over a thousand years of history inside it.
Easier, 10 Qns, AcrylicInk, Apr 07 22
AcrylicInk gold member
Apr 07 22
448 plays
  My Tour of Unusual Churches   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For many centuries mankind has built houses of worship of every kind and denomination. Some have been grand and elaborate, others have been simple and modest. And then, there has been the downright unusual.
Average, 10 Qns, Aussiedrongo, Jan 27 12
643 plays
  Europe's Great Sacred Buildings - 1 editor best quiz   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
For this quiz I will be taking a tour of some of Europe's great religious buildings. During my journey, I will be visiting some of the continent's largest and most beautiful places of worship.
Average, 10 Qns, SisterSeagull, Feb 05 17
SisterSeagull gold member
695 plays
  Henry's Medieval Pilgrimage   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Henry (of Henry's Castle Tour fame) here! I have been asked to accompany the Earl of Warwick on a holy quest throughout England. See if you can identify information about the sites we visit.
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Jul 28 20
ponycargirl editor
Jul 28 20
692 plays
  Tales of San Pietro in Vincoli   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
On I recent trip to Italy, I had the opportunity to visit San Pietro in Vincoli, which is also called St. Peter's in Chains. There are many interesting sights to see there. Come along and I'll show you!
Average, 10 Qns, ponycargirl, Nov 03 18
ponycargirl editor
Nov 03 18
292 plays
  The Cathedrals of Euro 2020   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
The UEFA Euro 2020 competition was a pan-European affair held in cities in different countries, many of which have cathedrals. Can you match the name of the cathedral with the Euro 2020 city it is in?
Average, 10 Qns, Red_John, Jul 04 21
Jul 04 21
139 plays
  London Churches   great trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Even for those of us with no religious belief, London's churches are important landmarks and many are architectural masterpieces. Can you recognize a few central London churches?
Average, 10 Qns, TabbyTom, Jun 13 16
TabbyTom gold member
227 plays
  Get me to the church on time!   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Visiting English cathedrals one learns a great deal about history from Roman times to the present day.
Average, 10 Qns, Calpurnia09, Apr 11 19
Calpurnia09 gold member
Apr 11 19
549 plays
  St. Paul's Cathedral, London   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
St. Paul's Cathedral in London is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. What do you know about the building and some of the famous names associated with it?
Average, 10 Qns, Spontini, Feb 06 18
Feb 06 18
579 plays
  A Site and a Prayer   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about some of the many ancient and modern sites of religious significance that are part of UNESCO'S World Heritage List.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Sep 24 18
LadyNym gold member
Sep 24 18
598 plays
  Dear Abbey: The Monasteries of England   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Feel like doing a little monkeying around? See if you can help "Abbey" answer questions about England's monasteries.
Average, 10 Qns, uglybird, Mar 07 23
Mar 07 23
690 plays
  Angkor Wat    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Hailed as "one of the supreme architectural triumphs of all time", Angkor Wat is one of the greatest religious monuments in the world. See how much you know about this fascinating complex.
Average, 10 Qns, amelie86, Oct 21 21
Oct 21 21
536 plays
  Cathedrals of Europe   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Some of the most majestic landmarks of some of the most awe-inspiring European cities are churches and cathedrals. Can you recognize some of these buildings and locations from the clues?
Average, 10 Qns, coachpauly, Mar 12 15
334 plays
  Famous Cathedrals/Churches: Famous for good reason   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
No matter what our faiths may be, travellers often visit cathedrals around the world to enjoy their architectural excellence. Here are some famous churches which also have other tales to tell. See if you can work out which ones they are.
Average, 10 Qns, smeone, Nov 23 21
Nov 23 21
487 plays
  Great Gothic Churches of Europe   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is in response to an author's challenge. I hope it is not as imposing as it sounds. Good luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Rehaberpro, Apr 06 22
Apr 06 22
446 plays
  English Abbeys - Real, but Mostly Ruined   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Many English Benedictine and Cistercian abbeys are ruined, thanks to Henry VIII, but they are still worth visiting - if you find old ruined buildings romantic. I have indicated where each abbey is located and all the wrong answers are a long way off.
Average, 15 Qns, davejacobs, Mar 25 19
Mar 25 19
180 plays
  The Ultimate Famous Churches of Europe Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
None of these will be too hard, if you've been on a trip to Western Europe.
Average, 10 Qns, carolinebee999, Jun 03 22
Jun 03 22
914 plays
  Name the English Cathedral   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You will get a couple of clues as to the identity of the Cathedral, and then you must pick from the four available choices. It's not as difficult as it sounds.
Tough, 10 Qns, mjws1968, Apr 13 14
mjws1968 gold member
895 plays
  Go Red with Team Red!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Team Red is touring St. Basil's Cathedral located at the southern end of Moscow's Red Square. Please join us as we visit this remarkable testament to architecture, culture and religion.
Average, 10 Qns, sally0malley, Aug 06 19
sally0malley gold member
Aug 06 19
289 plays
  The Big British Prayer House   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The UK has many impressive cathedrals, abbeys and minsters within its towns and cities. One does not need to be a follower of the Church to appreciate and enjoy these magnificent buildings and the history that surrounds them.
Average, 10 Qns, paper_aero, Dec 22 13
paper_aero gold member
282 plays
  Hindu Temples    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
How much do you know about temples dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses? Find out by playing this quiz.
Average, 10 Qns, deepakmr, Jun 01 23
Jun 01 23
695 plays
  English Cathedral Saints    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
English cathedrals are mostly dedicated to one or more saints. Often these are the usual biblical people, but some are local to England. Anyway, see what you can do with these questions.
Average, 15 Qns, davejacobs, Feb 14 20
Feb 14 20
190 plays
  Sacred Sites of the World   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Let's take a journey around the world and visit ten sacred sites. You may have even visited one or more of these sites. See how many you can identify.
Tough, 10 Qns, nmerr, Feb 07 20
nmerr gold member
Feb 07 20
760 plays
  Honouring the Ancient Greek Gods   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Here are ten questions about ancient buildings that honoured some of the gods of ancient Greece.
Difficult, 10 Qns, Ampelos, Jul 29 13
Ampelos gold member
1054 plays
  English Cathedrals Test    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
England is the home of some of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world. How much do you know about them?
Tough, 10 Qns, cliveh, Nov 17 08
588 plays
  Rosslyn Chapel: Knowledge in Stone    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Rosslyn Chapel will be a name unfamilar to many but to the people who have visited this wonder it invokes a sense of intrigue, excitement and mystery. Home to the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant according to some!
Tough, 10 Qns, craigr, Feb 25 14
427 plays
  Religious Buildings in American History   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is about religious buildings in America that have historical significance. I hope you enjoy it!
Tough, 10 Qns, ReginTollefsen, Jun 11 19
Jun 11 19
259 plays
  Famous Cathedrals and Shrines   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
You are invited to visit some of the great cathedrals: great storehouses of art, and masterpieces of architecture. Take time to enjoy, and remember they were built to honour God.
Average, 10 Qns, fiachra, Jun 28 23
Jun 28 23
1085 plays
  Churches of Rome   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz asks you to identify ten of Rome's historic churches. As some are better known by their Italian names, and others by the English translations, both names will be given for each answer.
Tough, 10 Qns, Lucien, Jul 07 17
Jul 07 17
552 plays
  The Cathedral of Florence, Italy    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This cathedral, one of the largest in Christendom, is also one of the most beautiful in the world, and reflects perfectly the city and its orange hue.
Tough, 10 Qns, CiaoItalia, Jan 28 08
485 plays
  Westminster Abbey    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Westminster Abbey is perhaps one of the best known churches in the world, so I thought why not do a quiz about it.
Tough, 10 Qns, kittyconner, Jan 08 22
Jan 08 22
583 plays
  Ely Cathedral    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A little quiz about Ely Cathedral located in Cambridgeshire, UK. Hopefully it will entice you to visit.
Tough, 10 Qns, danimax, Apr 04 14
268 plays
  St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
Do you think you know your medieval Cathedrals? Test your knowledge on Dublin's St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Tough, 15 Qns, vintageprincess, Jan 03 13
248 plays
  San Pietro (St. Peter's) in Rome    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The largest Christian church in the world, St. Peter's Basilica, is located in Vatican City, the smallest independent country in the world and the governmental center of Catholicism.
Tough, 10 Qns, CiaoItalia, Jan 01 07
524 plays
  Oh, Brother!    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
What do you know about the fine abbeys of Yorkshire, U.K.?
Average, 10 Qns, balaton, Aug 01 13
210 plays
  Dornoch Cathedral    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
My choir recently had the opportunity to sing in Dornoch Cathedral in the Scottish Highlands. I am creating this quiz for those who know it well, as well as for those who wish to learn more about this beautiful place.
Average, 10 Qns, Morrigan716, Sep 10 08
Morrigan716 gold member
290 plays
  Abu Simbel    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This renowned temple complex is famous for its facade and has become synonymous with Ancient Egyptian architecture, along, of course, with the Great Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx.
Average, 10 Qns, acm2210, Jun 15 18
Jun 15 18
321 plays
  Touring the Churches of Jerusalem    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Continuing with the Series for Touring Israel I invite you to this next installment.
Tough, 10 Qns, dovbear, Feb 01 12
291 plays
  St. Paul's Cathedral - London    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A bit of history and trivia on St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England.
Tough, 10 Qns, Morrigan716, Oct 24 21
Morrigan716 gold member
Oct 24 21
471 plays
  St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to my 200th quiz! The honor goes to the beautiful cathedral of St. Giles in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Average, 10 Qns, Morrigan716, Apr 25 20
Morrigan716 gold member
Apr 25 20
360 plays
  Cathedrals in the United States    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Cathedrals are large churches which serve as the center of the territory of a bishop or other official. Here is a quiz about some of the cathedrals in the United States of America. Hope you enjoy. Thanks.
Tough, 10 Qns, neon000, May 24 20
neon000 gold member
May 24 20
385 plays
  Temples Around The World    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Here are some interesting facts about LDS temples all over the world.
Tough, 20 Qns, TiffanyBYU, Jul 25 13
486 plays
  Chester Cathedral    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Welcome to Chester Cathedral, the ancient church located in Chester, England.
Average, 10 Qns, Morrigan716, Jul 06 23
Morrigan716 gold member
Jul 06 23
338 plays
  Famous Religious Buildings    
Multiple Choice
 5 Qns
Here are five questions on interesting religious structures that are perphaps a bit lesser known to people of the West. Please give this quiz a try and see what you can learn!
Difficult, 5 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Feb 12 14
thejazzkickazz gold member
1127 plays
  Temples of the LDS Church    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is my first try at quiz making so I picked a topic I like. Hopefully you have fun and learn something new.
Very Difficult, 10 Qns, sarrott, Aug 20 05
Very Difficult
560 plays

Religious Buildings Trivia Questions

1. The Church of Saint George is the most famous of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in which nation?

From Quiz
Unusual Churches

Answer: Ethiopia

There are eleven rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia. The most famous of these is Saint George's which is one of the newer-built ones. It is carved in the shape of a cross. It is constructed from volcanic material. It is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. It was likely built around 1100 to 1200 AD.

2. The famous "Cathedral Church of St Paul", aka "St Paul's", rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren, is the seat of the bishop of which diocese?

From Quiz English Cathedral Saints

Answer: London

Known simply as "St Paul's", the present cathedral has been the burial place of many renowned Britons since it was consecrated in 1697. Famous as a symbol of British determination to survive, it was saved from destruction in the blitz of World War Two by the heroic efforts of civilian fire fighters. Sarah Mullally, the Bishop of London, who performed the service at the 2019 Remembrance Ceremony at the Whitehall Cenotaph, is the first woman Bishop of London in a long list that includes Nicolas Ridley, who was burned at the stake for heresy on the orders of Mary Tudor in 1555.

3. Who commissioned the construction of St. Basil's Cathedral?

From Quiz Go Red with Team Red!

Answer: Ivan the Terrible

Ivan commissioned the construction (1555-1561) to commemorate the defeat of Kazan in 1552. At that time, dedication of a church to a military campaign was a new and very different concept.

4. When Hagia Sophia was completed in 537 CE, with which religion was it associated?

From Quiz Hagia Sophia

Answer: Christianity

The part of the world that is now Turkey features regularly in the New Testament. Paul the Apostle travelled extensively around the Aegean Sea, which is now the southern coast of Turkey. Although there is no record of him travelling as far north as Istanbul, Christianity spread rapidly across the area in the first few centuries after Jesus had died. Hagia Sophia was built as a Christian cathedral during the reign of Justinian I, the Byzantine emperor. Before Hagia Sophia, the site was home to a Christian cathedral called Megale Ekklesia, and before that it was a pagan temple.

5. The ruins of this old abbey in a Wiltshire town are only a couple of miles from the far older and more famous ruins that are Stonehenge. One of the Arthurian legends has this as the convent that Guinevere retired to after the death of King Arthur.

From Quiz English Abbeys - Real, but Mostly Ruined

Answer: Amesbury

There was originally a monastery on the site, but it was dissolved by Henry II in 1177 and replaced by a priory for women.

6. In which Italian city is St. Peter's in Chains located?

From Quiz Tales of San Pietro in Vincoli

Answer: Rome

St. Peter's in Chains was built on top of an older foundation in Rome from 432-440 to specifically house St. Peter's chains. Interestingly, in 1956 when the floor of the basilica was being replaced, workers found remains of five earlier layers of habitation at the site. These layers range from remains of a 15th century church, to a villa that dates back to Nero's time, to the oldest layer, which consists of terra-cotta lamps and pots.

7. Which religious structure is the second-oldest Quaker meeting house in the nation and whose history involves one of the first written demands for religious freedom in America?

From Quiz Religious Buildings in American History

Answer: Flushing Quaker Meeting House, Flushing, NY

The Quaker Flushing Meeting House was built in 1694 by John Bownes. It is a typical 17th century ecclesiastical structure of medieval design. The Quakers were persecuted by Governor Peter Stuyvesant and heads of the reformed Dutch Church, and Quakers were fined and/or banished. The townspeople wrote the Flushing Remonstrance in 1657, one of the earliest demands for religious freedom in America. Holland replied to Governor Stuyvesant and established religious freedom in the colonies.

8. Deep in the jungle of a south-east Asian country with a tragic recent history, this imposing, remarkably well-preserved temple complex is the largest religious building in the world, and also appears in the middle of the country's flag.

From Quiz A Site and a Prayer

Answer: Angkor Wat

The majestic temple of Angkor Wat ("City Temple") is located in the north-western Cambodian province of Siem Reap. The vast, mountain-shaped complex , built in the 12th century by the Khmer, was initially dedicated to the worship of Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu, then - when the Khmer adopted Mahayana Buddhism - to the Buddhist deity Avalokitesvara. Though the Angkor area contains many other significant archaeological sites, Angkor Wat is by far the largest and most visited, and still a revered Buddhist pilgrimage site. The other three choices are also religious complexes situated in Asia and inscribed in the World Heritage list. The Buddhist sites of Borobudur and Sukhothai are found respectively on the Indonesian island of Java and in Thailand, while the Hindu sanctuary of My Son is in Vietnam.

9. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the late 17th century, which London church hosted the funeral of Winston Churchill and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer?

From Quiz Cathedrals of Europe

Answer: St. Paul's Cathedral

St. Paul's Cathedral is the second largest church by area in the British Isles (Liverpool cathedral is first). The cathedral sits atop Ludgate Hill, one of the highest points in the city of London. A church has been on the site since 604 AD. The domed spire is 365 feet high and St. Paul's was the tallest building in London from 1710 until 1962. It was designed in the Baroque style by famed architect Christopher Wren who was commissioned in the building of many buildings in London following the Great Fire of 1666. During the World War II bombings in 1940, the cathedral miraculously survived despite the fact that all buildings surrounding the cathedral experienced severe damage and destruction.

10. Who was the architect of St. Paul's Cathedral?

From Quiz St. Paul's Cathedral, London

Answer: Sir Christopher Wren

Sir Christopher Wren was a scientist, mathematician and Britain's most famous architect. He took 9 years to plan the building to make sure the design met the requirements of a working cathedral.

11. Which Church of England Cathedral, built of sandstone has three spires known as the 'the ladies of the vale'?

From Quiz The Big British Prayer House

Answer: Lichfield

Only three of the cathedrals in the UK have three spires, Truro, Edinburgh and Lichfield. Lincoln did until one collapsed some 500 years past. The vale in question is the vale of the River Trent across which the three spires of Lichfield Cathedral can be seen from some distance. The cathedral was originally built to house the shrine of St Chad who had been Bishop of Mercia and had move the seat of the diocese to Lichfield. The reformation didn't do much harm to Lichfield Cathedral, apart from the destruction of the shrine. In the civil war of the mid seventeenth century however the cathedral was used as a castle and suffered accordingly. Of the others, Manchester Cathedral was built of sandstone and has a tower but no spire. Arundel Cathedral is Roman Catholic not Anglican and Wells Cathedral was built of Limestone and has a tower but no spire. It does however have a spectacular astronomical clock within the church complete with knights rushing out to joust.

12. Which Cistercian Abbey, on the banks of the River Aire, is only three miles from the town centre of Leeds?

From Quiz Oh, Brother!

Answer: Kirkstall Abbey

The abbey was founded in 1152 and is one of the most complete sets of monastic ruins in England. The gatehouse houses a photographic collection of Victorian childhood memorabilia.

13. To which warrior, king and saint is the Lutheran Church of Norway cathedral of Trondheim dedicated?

From Quiz Europe's Great Sacred Buildings - 1

Answer: Saint Olav

Nidaros Cathedral in the Norwegian city of Trondheim takes its name from the city by which modern Trondheim was known in ancient times. Work began in 1066 as a resting place for the remains of Norway's patron saint, Saint Olav. This cathedral is the largest medieval building in Scandinavia and is believed to have been built under the direction of masons from England as many similarities exist between this building and a number of contemporary cathedrals in England. Originally designed as a basilica, St Olav's Cathedral as it is also known was extended over a period of many years with the building reaching final completion in around 1300. Over the centuries since its completion, Nidaros Cathedral has suffered much damage; a fire in 1531 left the nave in total ruin. Renovation work to return the cathedral to its former glory began in 1869 and was completed in 1969, the last decorative statue being restored to the cathedrals western facade in 1983. During this renovation work a number of ancient gravestones excavated from within the crypt bore inscriptions in the Old Norse language. Many of these relics have since been restored and can now be seen on display here.

14. The first cathedral we are going to visit took a whopping 632 years to complete. Situated on the Rhine river, it has been built in Gothic style. Which German city is it in?

From Quiz Churches and Cathedrals of Europe

Answer: Cologne

Possibly the most well-known church in Germany, Cologne Cathedral was begun in the year 1248. Over the next three hundred years, the main nave was built and one tower was mostly completed, but the other tower was still lacking. After the church had been confiscated by the French in the revolutionary area and used as storage, construction finally resumed in 1840, taking another forty years until the work was finally completed.

15. The first church we are visiting is Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford. It was founded by the city's patron saint Frideswide. We are going to visit her holy relics. Why is this church called a cathedral?

From Quiz Henry's Medieval Pilgrimage

Answer: It contains the bishop's chair.

Frideswide founded the priory and took a vow of celibacy, however, she was pursued by a prince who was determined to marry her. Through miraculous intervention she was able to remain unmarried and maintain her chastity. When she died in 735, Frideswide was buried at Oxford. Actually, Christ Church Cathedral is the smallest cathedral in England. By the time Henry made his pilgrimage, the original building had been replaced. Pilgrims from all over England, even Catherine of Aragon, the wife of Henry VIII, have visited the church to pray before the relics of Frideswide. Today it contains a stained glass window, dating back to 1320, showing Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury. The "cathedra" was the official chair that was located at the bishop's church. Christ Church is the seat of the Bishop of Oxford.

16. Which cathedral in London was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666 and rebuilt under the direction of Sir Christopher Wren?

From Quiz Get me to the church on time!

Answer: St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's, with its famous dome, is an iconic landmark in London. It was founded in 604AD and is the cathedral of the Diocese of London. Important services held here include the funerals of Admiral Lord Nelson, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Winston Churchill, peace services for the end of WWI and WWII, the marriage of Prince Charles to Lady Diana Spencer and the commemoration services for the September 11 attacks in the US.

17. Which English church is the traditional site of royal coronations and burials?

From Quiz Famous Churches of Europe

Answer: Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is officially named 'The Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster'. It is known as a Royal Peculiar, meaning that it is a church that is under the jurisdiction of the monarch rather than the diocese. Tradition has it that there has been an abbey on the site since 616 but there is no documented evidence until the 960s when it became home to a group of Benedictine monks. In 1066 both King Harold and William the Conqueror were crowned at the Abbey and every British monarch since has been crowned there, with the exception of a few who did not have coronations. Edward the Confessor was the first to be buried there and was followed by the majority of English monarchs and their consorts until George II. After George II they are buried at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle. Henry VIII made the Abbey a cathedral in 1540 to save it from the dissolution and it remained one until 1550. St Margarets is in the grounds of the Abbey and is the parish church of the Houses of Parliament.

18. Built in the 13th century, what style of architecture does St. Patrick's follow?

From Quiz St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin

Answer: Early English Gothic

The English Gothic style features small windows and is characterised by pointed archways.

19. Which cathedral has the tallest spire in England?

From Quiz English Cathedrals

Answer: Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral was consecrated in 1258 and has a spire 404 feet (123 metres) high. It was the subject of a famous painting by the 19th century artist, John Constable.

20. This cathedral in the northwest of England was originally the abbey church of the Benedictine monastery of St Werburgh. It is surrounded by a walled Roman city formerly known as Deva.

From Quiz Name the English Cathedral

Answer: Chester Cathedral

This cathedral is now dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The current building contains every major style of English cathedral architecture. The cathedral is a famous local venue for concerts and exhibitions.

21. One of the holiest Hindu temples is the Kashi Vishwanath temple. To which God is this temple dedicated?

From Quiz Hindu Temples

Answer: Shiva

Lord Shiva is the main deity in the Kashi Vishwanath temple, located in the Indian city of Kashi, also known as Benaras and Varanasi. This temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, the most holy shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva. The city of Kashi is believed to be one of the oldest cities in the world with a history of more than 3500 years. The present temple was built in 1780 by Queen Ahilya Holkar. The temple has been demolished and rebuilt many times. In Hindu religion, a visit to the temple and a bath in the holy Ganga River is supposed to most auspicious.

22. What is the full name of Ely Cathedral?

From Quiz Ely Cathedral

Answer: The Cathedral Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Ely

Ely Cathedral is also known as "The Ship of the Fens". As the surrounding countryside is very flat the Cathedral can be seen from miles around on a clear day.

23. Besides being known as the "Church of All Nations" what additional name is it known by?

From Quiz Touring the Churches of Jerusalem

Answer: Basilica of the Agony

The site where the modern church building sits has been in use since the fourth century. Byzantines first built a church there to commemorate the praying of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane the night before his crucifixion .

24. During the reign of which Pharaoh was the Abu Simbel temple complex constructed?

From Quiz Abu Simbel

Answer: Ramesses II

Khufu, or Cheops, is the Pharaoh that commissioned the largest of the Great Pyramids at Giza. Tutankhamun was brought to world fame as the last Pharaoh to have an intact tomb discovered. Ptolemy IV, or Philopator, is a relatively historically insignificant leader. Ramesses II is better known as Ramesses the Great.

25. When you visit Santiago de Compostela in Spain which saint are you venerating?

From Quiz Famous Cathedrals and Shrines

Answer: James

Pilgrims came and still come in their thousands to this cathedral. Their long walk is called the Camino. An interesting custom is to bring a stone from your own home area and on the third day of your pilgrimage to add it to the huge pile at Cruz de Hierra. The cathedral has a huge thurable. When the cathedral was packed with pilgrims this was pushed to and fro to make provide the pilgrims with pleasant smells. :)

26. In which Spanish city would you find "La Sagrada Familia", the amazing cathedral designed by Gaudi?

From Quiz Famous Churches of Europe

Answer: Barcelona

Gaudi spent 40 years of his life working on the controversial cathedral, and left no plans. It is expected that it will take till at least the year 2085 to complete it.

27. In what country is Angkor Wat located?

From Quiz Angkor Wat

Answer: Cambodia

Angkor Wat is located about 310 kilometres (195 miles) north of Phnom Penh.

28. What is the tallest temple?

From Quiz Temples of the LDS Church

Answer: Washington D.C. Temple

The Salt Lake is the largest temple, but the Washington D.C. is the tallest. Its spire reaches a height of 288 feet.

29. The oldest parts of the present building are believed to date from what year?

From Quiz St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

Answer: 1120

The oldest parts of the present building are the four massive central pillars. The church burnt down in 1385 but was rebuilt. Over the next 150 years, lots of chapels were added, including ones set up by the craftsmen's guilds of Edinburgh, ones endowed by prominant merchants and nobles, and a relic of St. Giles. But there are about 50 altars in the church from the middle of the 16th century.

30. The Seattle Washington Temple and which other temple supports a statue of Moroni that faces to the west?

From Quiz Temples Around The World

Answer: Nauvoo, Illinois

Moroni faces to the east on every other temple.

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