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Quiz about A Site and a Prayer
Quiz about A Site and a Prayer

A Site and a Prayer Trivia Quiz


This quiz is about some of the many ancient and modern sites of religious significance that are part of UNESCO'S World Heritage List.

A multiple-choice quiz by LadyNym. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
LadyNym
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
375,980
Updated
Dec 03 21
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1. 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. Hint

Sukhothai
Borobudur
Angkor Wat
My Son

2. This site in southwestern Europe has been an important religious destination since the Middle Ages. The magnificent Romanesque cathedral draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world, and many still choose to reach it by walking, riding or bicycling. Hint

Burgos
Alcobaša
Santiago de Compostela
Batalha

3. This archaeological site in southeastern Europe was the foremost religious centre of the ancient Greek world. People came from far and wide to worship at the Temple of Apollo and consult its famous oracle. Hint

Paphos
Olympia
Delphi
Pergamon

4. The historic centre of one of the world's largest cities is home to Latin America's oldest and largest cathedral, built near the site of a temple of one of the continent's foremost pre-Columbian civilisations. Hint

Mexico City
Salvador de Bahia
Quito
Havana

5. Situated at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, this West African city was founded in the 5th century. In the 15th and 16th centuries it became an important centre for the propagation of Islam, as witnessed by its three great mosques and 16 mausoleums. Hint

Ouadane
Fes
Agadez
Timbuktu

6. Besides being a revered pilgrimage site for Buddhists on account of its Temple of the Tooth Relic, this city was for centuries the capital of its island kingdom in the Indian Ocean. Hint

Dambulla
Sanchi
Pyu
Kandy

7. The old Jewish district of a historic Eastern European city, the former capital of a country more often associated with the Catholic faith, hosts a unique complex of seven synagogues, the largest on the continent, representing all the main European architectural styles of the past millennium. Hint

Warsaw
Budapest
Prague
Krakow

8. Built between the 12th and the 13th century, this stunning cathedral in western Europe is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, and its stained glass windows are nothing short of breathtaking. Hint

Canterbury
Reims
Durham
Chartres

9. Located in Central Asia, almost at the centre of the ancient Silk Road, this historic city has been a true crossroads of cultures for over 2,000 years. Its most famous landmark is a superb complex of three madrasas (Islamic schools), covered in decorated ceramic tiles. Hint

Bukhara
Merv
Sulaiman-Too
Samarkand

10. Situated near the shores of the world's highest navigable lake, at an altitude of almost 4,000 metres above sea level, this monumental South American city was the spiritual and cultural centre of its culture, and was later regarded as the site where the sun god Viracocha had created the human race. Hint

Samaipata
Cuzco
Tiwanaku
Caral-Supe


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. 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.

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.
2. This site in southwestern Europe has been an important religious destination since the Middle Ages. The magnificent Romanesque cathedral draws thousands of pilgrims and tourists from all over the world, and many still choose to reach it by walking, riding or bicycling.

Answer: Santiago de Compostela

For centuries pilgrims have been flocking to the shrine of Santiago de Compostela in north-western Spain to visit the tomb of St James the Apostle and be shriven from their sins. The church's construction began in 1060 and was completed in 1201, though elements - such as the Baroque facade - were added in later ages. The road leading to the sanctuary, the Camino de Santiago, still used by thousands of pilgrims every year, starts in France and crosses the Pyrenees.

The other three choices are also important religious sites in the Iberian peninsula, as well as masterpieces of medieval architecture. The majestic Gothic cathedral of Burgos is also in Spain, on the Camino de Santiago, while the monasteries of Alcobaša and Batalha are in Portugal.
3. This archaeological site in southeastern Europe was the foremost religious centre of the ancient Greek world. People came from far and wide to worship at the Temple of Apollo and consult its famous oracle.

Answer: Delphi

Located in central Greece, Delphi is surrounded by magnificent natural scenery that complements the beauty of its many monuments. The sanctuary was the seat of the Oracle of Apollo, spoken in cryptic words by the Pythia, a specially trained priestess who was said to be possessed by the god. Considered the centre of the world by the ancient Greeks, Delphi was a sacred site since 1500 BC, though the temple itself dates back from the 4th century BC. Delphi was also home to the Pythian Games, one of the four Panellenic games, which included a chariot race as well as music and poetry contests.

All the remaining three choices are ancient Greek religious sites. Olympia, famous for its sanctuary of Zeus and the original Olympic Games, is also in Greece, while Pergamon is in Turkey, and Paphos on the island of Cyprus.
4. The historic centre of one of the world's largest cities is home to Latin America's oldest and largest cathedral, built near the site of a temple of one of the continent's foremost pre-Columbian civilisations.

Answer: Mexico City

Mexico City's massive Metropolitan Cathedral, or Catedral Metropolitana, looks out on the Zˇcalo, the city's huge main square. Most of the materials from the Aztec Templo Mayor were used for its construction, which started in 1576 and ended in 1788. The cathedral contains many works of art from the colonial era

The historic centres of Quito (Ecuador), Havana (Cuba) and Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) are all inscribed in the World Heritage List, and include noteworthy Baroque churches.
5. Situated at the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, this West African city was founded in the 5th century. In the 15th and 16th centuries it became an important centre for the propagation of Islam, as witnessed by its three great mosques and 16 mausoleums.

Answer: Timbuktu

One of the regional capitals of Mali, Timbuktu is a place rich in history and cultural traditions. At the height of its prosperity, in the 16th century, the city numbered over 100,000 inhabitants Unfortunately, its distinctive mud-brick landmarks are now threatened by the encroaching desertification, and require constant maintenance.

Of the remaining three choices, Agadez and Ouadane are ancient cultural and religious centres in the neighbouring countries of Niger and Mauritania, while Fes (or Fez) is the former capital of Morocco.
6. Besides being a revered pilgrimage site for Buddhists on account of its Temple of the Tooth Relic, this city was for centuries the capital of its island kingdom in the Indian Ocean.

Answer: Kandy

The sacred city of Kandy, founded in the 14th century, was the last capital of the Sinhala kings of Sri Lanka before the island was occupied by the British, and its name changed to Ceylon. It is the spiritual capital of Buddhists, and every summer the feast of Esala Perahera is celebrated with a splendid procession, whose participants wear elaborate costumes.

The three remaining choices are all sacred Buddhist sites: Sanchi is in India, Pyu in Myanmar (Burma), and Dambulla also in Sri Lanka.
7. The old Jewish district of a historic Eastern European city, the former capital of a country more often associated with the Catholic faith, hosts a unique complex of seven synagogues, the largest on the continent, representing all the main European architectural styles of the past millennium.

Answer: Krakow

The district of Kazimierz is part of the historic centre of Krakow, the former capital of Poland. During World War II, the whole Jewish community (between 60,000 and 80,000 people) was forcibly moved into a purposely-built, walled ghetto, and subsequently deported to various Nazi concentration camps, and only 6,000 returned at the end of the war. At present, only one of the seven synagogues, the 19th-century Tempel Synagogue, is still used for religious services. In 1993, most of the Academy Award-winning movie "Schindler's List" was filmed in Kazimierz.

The three remaining choices are, of course, major Eastern European cities, capitals of their respective countries, and home to sizable Jewish populations before WWII.
8. Built between the 12th and the 13th century, this stunning cathedral in western Europe is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture, and its stained glass windows are nothing short of breathtaking.

Answer: Chartres

The town of Chartres lies about 100 km southwest of Paris, in the fertile region of Beauce. When the original cathedral burned to the ground in 1194, a new one was built in its place. The construction, started almost immediately after the fire, took 66 years to complete. The remarkably well-preserved stained glass windows are renowned for their intense blue colour, which has proved impossible to replicate.

Also in France, Reims Cathedral is another masterpiece of Gothic architecture, as is Canterbury Cathedral in south-eastern England. Durham Cathedral, in north-eastern England, is the country's finest example of Norman architecture.
9. Located in Central Asia, almost at the centre of the ancient Silk Road, this historic city has been a true crossroads of cultures for over 2,000 years. Its most famous landmark is a superb complex of three madrasas (Islamic schools), covered in decorated ceramic tiles.

Answer: Samarkand

Founded in the 7th century BC, Samarkand is the third-largest city in Uzbekistan. In the 14th century it became the capital of the empire of Timur, the Mongol conqueror known in the West as Tamerlane. The madrasas framing the Registan (public square), the replica of the Bibi-Khanym Mosque and other notable monuments bear witness to the city's glorious past.

The other three choices are all World Heritage sites on the Silk Road: Bukhara is also in Uzbekistan, Sulaiman-Too in Kyrgyzstan, and Merv in Turkmenistan.
10. Situated near the shores of the world's highest navigable lake, at an altitude of almost 4,000 metres above sea level, this monumental South American city was the spiritual and cultural centre of its culture, and was later regarded as the site where the sun god Viracocha had created the human race.

Answer: Tiwanaku

The majestic ruins of Tiwanaku (also spelled Tiahuanaco) dominate the southern shore of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. The city flourished between 400 and 900 AD, and its culture had a strong influence on the development of the Inca civilisation. Though the Gate of the Sun is the city's most representative monument, all the buildings in Tiwanaku reflect a high level of architectural technology.

The other three sites are all related to the pre-Columbian cultures of the Andean region: Samaipata is also in Bolivia, while Cuzco and Caral-Supe are in Peru.
Source: Author LadyNym

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