Medieval masons created almost magical architecture with their magnificent mastery of stone and geometry.
Bacon's Castle in Virginia is a microcosm of major trends in U.S. history and culture.
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.
The Rosetta Stone, which revolutionized the study of Egypt and ancient languages, continues to court controversy today.
The pandemic, soaring cost of housing and environmental concerns are renewing interest in courtyard houses, albeit on a miniature scale.
Remembering September 11th has been a national opportunity to evaluate the past and move on with the long messy process of rebuilding.
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 American Southwest is the fastest growing region in the United States, but also the hottest and most arid.
The Golden Pavilion in Kyoto, Japan, is evidence of Japan's aesthetic balance of restrained simplicity and bursts of opulent grandeur.
The U.S. capital has more Roman-style architecture than almost any major city. We explore why.
The Panthéon in Paris, France's national mausoleum, embraces the contradictory themes of the nation's turbulent history.
Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Ore., was built by artisans from the garden city of Suzhou, China, to demonstrate the basic elements of Chinese gardens.
Duke University's Gothic architecture and academic excellence alongside its mixed historical legacy makes it a microcosm of the American South's historical dilemmas.
China's most famous painting captured traditional life, the traces of which have survived into modern times.
We take a look back at a remote Chinese village that is now a crowded tourist destination.
Thousands of Buddhist scriptures carved in stone and buried for centuries are among China's greatest cultural treasures.
France's dazzling royal necropolis, the Basilica of Saint Denis, is also the birthplace of Gothic architecture.
The racist past associated with the Confederacy and Confederate monuments has a complex history.
The amphitheaters, military garrisons, forums, trade and craft shops of two Roman colonial cities have emerged from the dust.
The Tower of London, enduring symbol of the British monarchy, combines royal pageantry with warfare, court intrigue and executions.
Rue Montorgueil in Paris began as a village street with a medieval church and food market. It has retained that character.
Meditation is the theme of the Ryoanji dry rock garden. Find out why the garden inspires meditation and how to meditate.
Packing for travel this holiday season should include a primer on how to be responsible, sustainable tourists. Here it is.
New Orleans's hybrid culture is the result of its 300 years as the gateway to trading networks of the Mississippi River.
The picturesque town of Bristol, Rhode Island, once was a slave port and home of the nation's leading slave traders, the DeWolfs.
China's Oct. 1 celebration of 70 years of Communist rule centers on Tiananmen Square, one of the world’s most controversial places.
The former palace, the world's largest museum, music video and fashion show venue, and global brand has never been more cool.
What are the chances that two men from one family set off international disputes by carting off treasures from Greece and China?
An emperor built a giant Buddha to unify his struggling country, as the center of a network of Buddhist temples throughout Japan.
Architect Kengo Kuma's village at the Portland Japanese Garden blends modern architecture with traditional Japanese design.
Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris, France's national cathedral, was badly damaged in a fire.
Osaka Castle marks the site of an epic samurai battle and one of the most important turning points in Japanese history.
A moving monument and burial ground in Manhattan comemorates enslaved people who once made up more than a third of New York City.
Finding a historical site shrouded in scaffolding is disappointing, but it is a valuable tool for preserving the world's heritage.
Visible traces of the Heijō Palace, Japan's palace from which the emperor ruled in splendor, were gone, until the site was restored.
To carve space for our office out of a larger living space, we built an arch and cabinets out of old reclaimed beams.
What makes a retreat restful and soul restoring? A former imperial retreat in Kyoto, Japan, gets retreat design just right.
Imagine you're sitting in Los Angeles traffic on a hot day. Take a break and head for a cool green oasis - Suihoen Japanese Garden
Only scattered remnants survive of the many walled cities that once defined the Chinese empire.
The Thoughtful House's round door has arrived and been installed. Our video and blog celebrate round architecture.
Solvang, California's Danish village, is the perfect place to take an afternoon stroll and enjoy pastries and art galleries.
Junipero Serra's "sainthood" is controversial, but the extent of his cultural impact on California is indisputable.
This story begins with a hole in the ground - a nasty, dirty, wet hole.
Carmel, California, demonstrates how design, planning and environmentalism can enhance a small town.
Construction begins on The Thoughtful House after four years of planning and preparation.
Charleston, South Carolina, is one of America's most beautiful and heartbreaking cities.
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With annual inflation at seven percent, we look at how you can save money on non-food items and services.
Inflation, health concerns and climate change are at the top of the news. Wise food shopping and consumption can help with all three.
The global pandemic is transitioning us from touch to touchless technology.