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od Manuel Portillo, 2.4 km daleko

B: Monumento al nazareno

od Fernando Cifuentes Duque, 17.2 km daleko

Monumento al nazareno de Mula.Realizado por el escultor cartagenero Juan José Quirós. Representa a un...

Monumento al nazareno

C: Castillo de los Vélez - Mula

od Fernando Cifuentes Duque, 17.3 km daleko

CASTILLO DE LOS VÉLEZ - MULABien de Interés CulturalPatrimonio Histórico de EspañaDeclaración     7 d...

Castillo de los Vélez - Mula

D: Mercado artesanal. Febrero del 2014

od Fernando Cifuentes Duque, 17.4 km daleko

Mercadillo de artesanía "Las 4 Plazas"El segundo domingo del mes, exceptuando los meses estivales, lo...

Mercado artesanal. Febrero del 2014

E: Mercado artesanal. Febrero del 2014

od Fernando Cifuentes Duque, 17.4 km daleko

Mercadillo de artesanía "Las 4 Plazas"El segundo domingo del mes, exceptuando los meses estivales, lo...

Mercado artesanal. Febrero del 2014

F: Monumento a los tamboristas

od Fernando Cifuentes Duque, 17.4 km daleko

El Monumento al Tamborista. La Noche de los Tambores, que se celebra cada Martes Santo, se ha convert...

Monumento a los tamboristas

G: Parroquia de San MIguel Arcángel

od Fernando Cifuentes Duque, 17.4 km daleko

Parroquia de San Miguel ArcángelEl aumento poblacional en Mula durante el siglo XVI obliga al Concejo...

Parroquia de San MIguel Arcángel

H: Nieve y almendros en flor

od Manuel Portillo, 17.8 km daleko

Campo de almendros en flor tras una nevada, cosa rara por estos lares, en el paraje de La Encarnación...

Nieve y almendros en flor

I: Mock rescue of a climber in the Almorchón

od Jaime Brotons, 22.4 km daleko

Mock rescue of a climber in the Almorchón

J: Panoramic view of Moratalla, Spain

od Jaime Brotons, 24.2 km daleko

Panoramic view of Moratalla, Spain

This panorama was taken in Spain, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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