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Capilla del Santisimo Sacramento_Fatima (Portugal)

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B: Santíssima Trindade Church

od Luis Filipe Azevedo, 70 meters away

Santíssima Trindade Church

C: Fátima Sanctuary

od Luis Filipe Azevedo, 140 meters away

Fátima Sanctuary

D: train in Fatima

od Serhii Danyliuk, 160 meters away

Autor Serhii Danyliuk

train in Fatima

E: Santuario de Fatima en Portugal

od soledad-tante-agudo, 220 meters away

Santuario de Fatima en Portugal

F: Turismo

od Serhii Danyliuk, 230 meters away

Autor Serhii Danyliuk

Turismo

G: Santuario de Fatima en Portugal_1

od soledad-tante-agudo, 230 meters away

Santuario de Fatima en Portugal_1

H: Fatima

od Tiago Barbosa, 260 meters away

Fatima

I: Santuario de Fatima_Capilla de las apariciones

od soledad-tante-agudo, 330 meters away

Santuario de Fatima_Capilla de las apariciones

J: Eucharistic celebration @ Fátima Sanctuary

od Luis Filipe Azevedo, 370 meters away

Eucharistic celebration @ Fátima Sanctuary

This panorama was taken in Portugal, 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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