Art in Nature - Sierra de Francia
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Art in Nature - Sierra de Francia

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A: Miranda del Castañar - Sierra de Francia

od koldo gorrotxategi, 380 meters away

Miranda del Castañar - Sierra de Francia

B: Ermita de la Virgen de la Cuesta - Miranda del Castañar

od koldo gorrotxategi, 440 meters away

Ermita de la Virgen de la Cuesta - Miranda del Castañar

C: Viñedo en Villanueva del Conde - Sierra de Francia

od koldo gorrotxategi, 2.6 km daleko

Viñedo en Villanueva del Conde - Sierra de Francia

D:

od koldo gorrotxategi, 4.3 km daleko

E: Las Casas del Conde - Sierra de Francia

od koldo gorrotxategi, 4.4 km daleko

Las Casas del Conde - Sierra de Francia

F: Mogarraz2

od koldo gorrotxategi, 4.5 km daleko

Mogarraz2

G: San Martín Del Castañar, bullring and castle.

od Juan-Francisco Vicente-Becerro, 6.5 km daleko

San Martín del Castañar is a little village south from Salamanca, in western Spain. It's located insi...

San Martín Del Castañar, bullring and castle.

H: La Alberca - Sierra de Francia

od koldo gorrotxategi, 9.2 km daleko

La Alberca - Sierra de Francia

J: La Alberca. Salamanca.

od Fernando Touceda, 9.4 km daleko

La Alberca. Salamanca.

La Alberca. Salamanca.

This panorama was taken in Spain, Europe

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Europe is generally agreed to be the birthplace of western culture, including such legendary innovations as the democratic nation-state, football and tomato sauce.

The word Europe comes from the Greek goddess Europa, who was kidnapped by Zeus and plunked down on the island of Crete. Europa gradually changed from referring to mainland Greece until it extended finally to include Norway and Russia.

Don't be confused that Europe is called a continent without looking like an island, the way the other continents do. It's okay. The Ural mountains have steadily been there to divide Europe from Asia for the last 250 million years. Russia technically inhabits "Eurasia".

Europe is presently uniting into one political and economic zone with a common currency called the Euro. The European Union originated in 1993 and is now composed of 27 member states. Its headquarters is in Brussels, Belgium.

Do not confuse the EU with the Council of Europe, which has 47 member states and dates to 1949. These two bodies share the same flag, national anthem, and mission of integrating Europe. The headquarters of the Council are located in Strasbourg, France, and it is most famous for its European Court of Human Rights.

In spite of these two bodies, there is still no single Constitution or set of laws applying to all the countries of Europe. Debate rages over the role of the EU in regards to national sovereignty. As of January 2009, the Lisbon Treaty is the closest thing to a European Constitution, yet it has not been approved by all the EU states. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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