Hagia Sophia (Istanbul)

The church of the 'Holy Wisdom', built in the Byzantine Empire, had been one of the largest religious buildings until 1935, when it was converted into a museum.

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

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

Liuhe Pagoda (Hangzhou, 12th century)

The Buddhist pagoda of the six Harmonies is located in China, by the River Qiantang.

Viking settlement (10th century)

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

Medieval inhabited bridge (London Bridge, 16th century)

In the Tudor Era around 200 buildings were built on the bridge across the River Thames.

Hot-air balloon (18th century)

The French Montgolfier brothers were the first pioneers of flying.

Viking stave church (Borgund, 13th century)

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

Milestones of sculpture

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

Machu Picchu (15th century)

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

Namdaemun (Seoul, South Korea, 14th c.)

Designated as the first National Treasure of South Korea, the Namdaemun was one of the major gateways of Seoul's Medieval city walls.

Tenochtitlan (15th century)

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

Kaaba (Makkah)

Located in the Grand Mosque of Makkah, the Kaaba shrine is the most sacred site of Islam.

Himeji Castle

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

Santa Maria (15th century)

Christopher Columbus' three-masted carrack, the Santa Maria was the flagship of his first, landmark voyage.

Medieval town

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

Melk Abbey (Austria)

The 900 years old Benedictine abbey is situated in Melk, on the right bank of the Danube.

Moai (Easter Island, 16th century)

This Pacific island is famous for its unique monolithic human figures.

Abbey of Saint Gall (11th century)

The building complex was one of the most important Benedictine abbeys for centuries.

Medieval Chinese Emperor

The Emperor of the vast Far-Eastern empire was the lord of life and death.

Aztec ruler (15th century)

The Aztec Empire was a despotic, militaristic state ruled by the tlatoani.

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