Day 13 – March 13th 2013
Way back in time again today, down memory lane. The last of the Bureau shops was opened in Reading, in what was then a fairly new shopping centre in the middle of town. The Oracle Centre was (still is?) a slightly different kind of shopping centre, by virtue of being built right in the middle of a city rather than on a motorway way outside town. I always liked the river (or was it a canal?) running through the centre, and Reading made for a more exotic trip out than say Kingston upon Thames. I won’t pretend I know why it was called The Oracle Centre, but I do know that The Oracle at Delphi was a major site in ancient Greece. Amongst the other major sites of ancient Greece was the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The only of these still remaining are the Great Pyramids at Giza, Eygpt. An interesting fact about these is the biggest pyramid was the tallest building in the World at the time, and remained so from when it was built (around 2,500 BC) for around 3,800 years, until approx. 1,300 AD. So today’s question is…
Q: What building became the World’s tallest building when it was built around 1,300 AD?
A: Lincoln Cathedral – see a summary here
NB: Old St Paul’s Cathedral is also accepted as a correct answer since there seems to be a bit of confusion on this one.
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