“Built in the 17 Century the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the “Blue Mosque”, is in which city?”
“Instant-Bull: QuizMaster afoul of History
The Maclean’s Quiz Master got it all wrong in the June issue, supplanting inexplicable ignorance for the scholarship expected from members of the Quiz Master’s Guild.
We are not talking about something trivial – this is fake news about one of the Seven Wonders of the Mediaeval World, the capital city of the Byzantine Empire and the seat of the Orthodox Christian Church which fueled the Byzantine Empire. Given the sacred aspect of this matter, the QuizMaster must quickly repent, lest he/she be declared persona non-grata in Paradise and exiled to Hell.
To put it succinctly, the picture illuminating “Round 2. Prodigy question 3", shows Hagia Sophia, the Basilica built in the sixth century BC, which is a millennium and a century before the QuizMaster said it was built – eleven centuries is hard to miss. Moreover, it was not built in Istanbul as this did not exist until some 14 centuries later, and happened by “name change” as distinct from being built.
For the record, the pictured Basilica was built in Constantinople (“City of Constantine” the Great) . After the “Fall of Constantinople” this being a significant historical event, the conquerors desecrated Hagia Sophia and turned it into a mosque so as to avert “diversity”. Later on, they changed the name of the city as well, from Constantinople to Istanbul, the latter being of indeterminate etymology. Just like changing the name of Haida Gwaii to Queen Charlotte Islands – name changing is popular with conquistadores.
On a lyrical note, the name-change of the historic city was reviewed in the song “Istanbul was Constantinople”. My favourite rendition of it being that by Frankie Laine (Quiz: “lead singer” of what group Laine was?) Ok, never mind ... but listen to it on Youtube, it is nice.
Tom Varzeliotis, upon Booth Canal, SaltSpring Island, far out, West.” [This was removed from the printed version to avert confusion]
“The name of what large Eurasian city comes from a Greek phrase meaning “in the city”?