Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop (Florence, 16th century)

Visit the workshop of the Renaissance polymath and his most influential inventions and works of art.

Chinese house

A traditional Chinese siheyuan is a building complex that surrounds a rectangular courtyard.

Viking settlement (10th century)

Typical settlements of the Norsemen were not only established in Scandinavia, they appeared on distant areas as well.

Watermill

Machines converting the energy of flowing or falling water into useful forms of power were already in use in the Middle Ages.

Chichen Itza (12th century)

The legendary city of the Mayan-Toltec Empire was located on the territory of present-day Mexico.

Tenochtitlan (15th century)

The magnificent capital of the Aztec Empire astonished even the Spanish Conquistadors.

Himeji Castle

Located close to Osaka, the Japanese castle is also called the White Heron because of its white exterior.

Milestones of sculpture

The animation shows five outstanding works in the history of sculpture.

Syrian water wheels (City of Hama, 13th century)

Medieval Syrian water wheels were used to convey water to distant areas.

Samurai

The primary duty of these Japanese warriors was to serve their feudal lords, even at the cost of their own lives.

Viking stave church (Borgund, 13th century)

A wooden church built in the 12th-13th centuries, the best preserved of Norway´s stave churches.

Traditional Japanese house (Machiya)

The animation shows the traditional Japanese wooden townhouse, the machiya.

African village (Sudan)

African villages adapt to the natural environment well and reflect of the culture of local tribes.

Windmill

Machines converting the energy of wind into useful forms of power were already in use in the Middle Ages.

Navigational instruments of the past

Several ingenious instruments have been invented over the centuries to help in navigating the seas.

Gutenberg's press (Mainz, 15th century)

Life magazine picked Gutenberg's invention of mechanical movable type printing as the most important event of the second millennium.

Medieval town

Medieval townhouses were built from stone or brick and were several storeys high.

The Black Death (Europe, 1347–1353)

The bacterial disease known as the bubonic plague is one of the deadliest infectious diseases in the history of mankind.

Machu Picchu (15th century)

The ancient Inca city, located in present-day Peru, is a World Heritage Site.

Jameh Mosque (Isfahan, 15th century)

Its architectural solutions and ornamentation rank this mosque among the masterpieces of Islamic art.

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