Zero Marker by CoenM

Champion(s):

rouquinne
Just your average Goddess!


Runner(s)-Up:

ChengB


Quiz Description

Even in this age of GPS, many countries have a location they identify as the zero kilometer (or zero mile) mark, from which (primarily road) distances are measured. Answer these questions about such markers, both historical and current.

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Questions:

Perhaps the best known early example of a zero marker is the Millarium Aureum, the "Golden Milestone" of ancient Rome, whose exact location is disputed but is traditionally thought to have been in front of the temple to what GOD, which served as the Roman Republic's treasury and archive?

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Saturn

Road distances from London were measured from what LOCATION, currently the junction of the Strand, Whitehall, and Cockspur Street? The object that gave the location part of its name was removed during the English Civil War, and in 1675 a statue of Charles I was erected in its place.

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Charing Cross

In the US, the Zero Milestone is not used to measure road distances (except for within DC), but was erected in 1923 under the auspices of what CABINET DEPARTMENT, which sent motor convoys from the Milestone to travel the Lincoln and Bankhead highways in the 1920s?

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War

Some countries have zero markers for distances in other modes of transport. What EUROPEAN COUNTRY has their Kilometer Null in the town of Olten as the point from which all railroad distances are measured?

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Switzerland

What PARISIAN LANDMARK has the French zero kilometer marker set in the ground in front of it, where it's apparently good luck to spin on the marker using one foot, kiss while standing on the marker, or put coins in it like a wishing well?

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Notre Dame

The marker in what SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRY features images of national hero Jose de San Martin and the patron saint of the national road network, Our Lady of Lujan?

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Argentina

Both the zero kilometer marker on the eastern origin of the Trans-Canada Highway and the zero mile marker of the Trans Canada Trail are located in what CANADIAN PROVINCIAL CAPITAL?

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St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

The zero marker in Havana originally had a 25 carat specimen of what GEMSTONE at its center, which was stolen (and returned!) in 1946 and replaced by a replica in 1973?

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diamond

What COUNTRY, rather than have its marker in the capital, has it located in front of the General Post Office in Johor Bahru as it is where Federal Routes 1, 3, and 5 are entered from a neighboring country?

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Malaysia

What COUNTRY saw its marker - located in the Puerta del Sol - turned 180 degrees in a 2002 reinstallation, and not fixed until 2009?

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Spain

Hungary's marker - a three meter high sculpture of a zero - stands on a spot in Budapest selected to be near what BRIDGE that was completed in 1849?

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Széchenyi Chain Bridge

This picture is of the zero kilometer marker for what SAINT's pilgrimage route?

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St. James (Camino de Santiago)