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Krakau - Wawel-Cathedral

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A: Wawel cathedral side

Af Jan Mulder, 20 meter væk

Photo's taken on december 27, 2010.

Wawel cathedral side

B: Krypta Kaczynskich na Wawelu

Af maciek mucha, 20 meter væk

Krypta Kaczynskich na Wawelu

C: Cracow - Wawel Castle

Af maciek mucha, 20 meter væk

Cracow - Wawel Castle

E: Krakau - Wawel-Patio

Af H.J.Weber, 60 meter væk

Krakau - Wawel-Patio

G: Polska, Kraków, Katedra Na Wawelu

Af Thomas Blanket, 60 meter væk

Polska, Kraków, Katedra Na Wawelu

H: Wawel cathedral and statue of pope John Paul II

Af Jan Mulder, 60 meter væk

Photo's taken on December 31, 2012.

Wawel cathedral and statue of pope John Paul II

I: Gardens at Wawel castle

Af Jakub Hruska, 80 meter væk

The Wawel Castle stoods, surprisingly, on the Wawel Hill above the Vistula River. The castle was buil...

Gardens at Wawel castle

J: Wawel Renaissance arcaded courtyard

Af Robert Pipala, 80 meter væk

Largest and most beautiful Renaissance castle courtyard in Europe. Surrounded by the wings of the cas...

Wawel Renaissance arcaded courtyard

Dette panorama blev taget i Krakow, Europe

Dette er et overblik over 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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