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Panoramic photo by Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal Taken 14:21, 02/09/2011 - Views loading...

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A: Praça Sacadura Cabral

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 50 meters away

Praça Sacadura Cabral

B: Aerial of Moura, Portugal

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 130 meters away

Aerial of Moura, Portugal

C: Coreto Santiago

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 150 meters away

Garden in Moura, Portugal is a beautifull garden with many flowers and two lakes with fish and ducks,...

Coreto Santiago

D: Dr. Santiago garden (Moura, Portugal)

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 150 meters away

Dr. Santiago garden in Moura, Portugal is a beautifull garden with many flowers and two lakes with fi...

Dr. Santiago garden (Moura, Portugal)

E: Melval360

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 160 meters away

Melval360

F: Islamic Festival

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 170 meters away

Islamic Festival

G: typical barbershop

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 180 meters away

Typical barbershop, located in the city center of Moura on Baixo Alentejo, Portugal, founded in the m...

typical barbershop

H: Museum of Sacred Art

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 210 meters away

Museum installed in the ancient CHURCH COLLEGE of SAINT PETER with a collection based on a rich eccle...

Museum of Sacred Art

I: Festival do Peixe, Café Ideal

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 230 meters away

Festival do Peixe, Café Ideal

J: Convent of Lady of Mount Caramel - MOURA, PORTUGAL

od Rui Ferreira, Moura-Portugal, 300 meters away

Convento do Carmo in the town of Moura, it was the first establishment of the Carmelite Order in the ...

Convent of Lady of Mount Caramel - MOURA, PORTUGAL

This panorama was taken in Portugal, 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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