Contest #21 Answer

We are starting out the new decade of contests with a softball. The answer is the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (not Constantinople), Turkey. For almost 1,000 years, the Hagia Sophia was the largest church in the world. It became a mosque after the fall of Constantinople and now is a museum. If you are interested in Byzantium, there is an excellent podcast lecture series called “12 Byzantine Rulers” which gives a great overview of the Byzantine Empire.

Getting this one correct:

  • Brian T
  • Matt Manolides
  • Chris Christensen
  • Andy McAllister
  • Ron Schott
  • Florian Jenn
  • ACG
  • Stephen Hope
  • Karel
  • Ben Bayer

Please expect some overlap in future contests. I can queue up contests in advance, but answers require me to do sit down and go through answers. This will also me to get contests out in a more timely manner as I am traveling.

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Hagia Sophia (by RK Catch)
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