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

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

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.

Samurai

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

Chichen Itza (12th century)

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

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

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

Traditional Japanese house (Machiya)

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

Tenochtitlan (15th century)

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

Viking settlement (10th century)

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

African village (Sudan)

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

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.

Watermill

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

Viking stave church (Borgund, 13th century)

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

Machu Picchu (15th century)

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

Navigational instruments of the past

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

Windmill

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

Medieval town

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

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 keep

Keeps were typical buildings in the Middle Ages, also built independently from castles.

Torii (gateway) of the Itsukushima Shrine

The torii is a traditional Japanese gate built at the entrance of shrines.

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