Contest #738 – The Peace Stupa, Zalaszántó, Hungary

Zalaszántói sztupa 3.jpg
Készítette: Peyerk at the Hungarian language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Hivatkozás

At nearly 30 M high, the Peace Stupa of Zalaszántó is the the largest stupa in Europe. It was constructed under the leadership of a South Korean monk named Bop Jon to represent the Buddhist ideals of peace, happiness, and enlightenment. He chose this location because he felt that this area would be the most likely to accept the traditions of a religion from the east and not see it as an existential threat to the incumbent religions of the area.

The stupa was personally inaugurated by the Dalai Lama on June 17, 1993 and contains the only original relics of the Buddha to be located in Europe.

Those who located this place of peace before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Lighthouse
  • Martin de Bock
  • Phil Ower
  • Garfield

and after the hint:

  • Robin
  • Bas van Limpt

Contest #733 – Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

Ensemble Shakhi Zinda (2)

So, why is an Islamic necropolis called “The Living King”? Kusam-ibn-Abbas was a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad who is credited with bringing Islam to this area of Uzbekistan. For his efforts, he was beheaded, but legend states that he calmly picked up his head, carried it into a deep well leading to the Garden of Paradise, and there he still lives.

The mausoleums in the complex date from the 11th century to the mid-1800’s, and represent a vast array of Islamic funerary architecture and art.

Those who found the site before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Tommy Ny

and after the hint:

  • Bas van Limpt

Contest #731 Hint

Was the largest in the world until 2015, when a small town in Norway built a slightly bigger one. Then in 2019 the contest shifted back here.

But who knows what those crafty Norwegians will do to reclaim the title.

Contest #730 Hint

The Muslim ruler of a predominantly Muslim country presented this gift to a province with a predominantly Christian population in an effort to convince that province not to seek independence.

It didn’t work.

Contest #728: Baha’i House of Worship, Apia, Samoa

To the Temple of Gods (30379139910)

The 6th “Continental House of Worship” in the Baha’i faith, this spot is also commonly referred to as “Mother Temple of the Pacific Islands”. It was completed in 1984 and was dedicated by Samoa’s leader Malietoa Tanumafili II, the world’s first adherent of Baha’i to serve as the Head of State for a nation.

As the hint mentioned, all Baha’i temples must be nonagonal, and this site is unique because the walls are open to the Pacific breezes.

Those who found it before the hint:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Paul Voestermans
  • Martin de Bock
  • Garfield
  • Lighthouse
  • Phil Ower

And after the hint:

  • LawnBoy
  • Graham Hedley
  • Ashwini Agrawal