Medieval masons created almost magical architecture with their magnificent mastery of stone and geometry.
We are seeing a global rise of strongmen leaders. We take a look at what make strongmen tick and why they gain followers.
Mountains grow, shrink and change shape both slowly and suddenly, and human behavior is changing them in alarming ways.
Most Gothic architecture was built in the 19th and 20th centuries when the medieval style underwent a global revival. Now, Gothic is trending again.
Stained glass windows, one of the most durable types of art, have long imparted both powerful religious and secular messages.
Saint Sulpice Church in Paris has a turbulent history dating to the 7th century. Today, it is Paris's temporary cathedral amidst the pandemic.
Cute little glass and ceramic yogurt jars have become a DIY trend and recycling strategy.
The Rosetta Stone, which revolutionized the study of Egypt and ancient languages, continues to court controversy today.
Versailles has an image of lavish opulence under the Sun King, Louis XIV, but the palace also has a history of revolution and American ties.
Gothic architecture has been called both magnificent and monstrous. We examine why.
The Panthéon in Paris, France's national mausoleum, embraces the contradictory themes of the nation's turbulent history.
Millions of Christians will turn to the Bible this week to read the Christmas story in hundreds of languages.
France's dazzling royal necropolis, the Basilica of Saint Denis, is also the birthplace of Gothic architecture.
Crafts are booming as people shelter at home during the pandemic. We explore why, as well as ways to learn a new craft without stressing out.
Paris' oldest church, Saint Germain des Prés, is emerging from layers of grime and soot as a meticulous restoration reveals its vibrant color.
Since she was guillotined in the French Revolution, Marie Antoinette has become one of the most popular icons worldwide.
The amphitheaters, military garrisons, forums, trade and craft shops of two Roman colonial cities have emerged from the dust.
Rue Montorgueil in Paris began as a village street with a medieval church and food market. It has retained that character.
Flatbreads are oldest, easiest breads and the most modern - pizza and tortillas are among the most popular foods. See our recipes.
The former palace, the world's largest museum, music video and fashion show venue, and global brand has never been more cool.
Chinese porcelain is durable and branded with its history, so it is used to trace China’s trade and cultural ties with other nations.
Yogurt is one of the oldest and most popular foods and a booming global industry. Here's our recipe for creamy mild yogurt.
Mona Lisa has long been mysterious, not just because of her smile. But was mystery or realism her famous creator's object?
Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, France's national cathedral, was badly damaged in a fire.
As more and more travelers are discovering, travel is more about enhancing the life you have than escaping from it.
Finding a historical site shrouded in scaffolding is disappointing, but it is a valuable tool for preserving the world's heritage.
In the French palace at Fontainebleau is a treasure room of dazzling artifacts taken by the French army from a palace in Beijing.
Old stone houses, leather books with swirly handwriting and a village church mark the second part of our journey to the Rhone-Alps.
A search for ancestral roots in southern France leads to a legendary land with a walled medieval town and tales of a magic sword.