Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia
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Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia

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A: Belfry of Cesis Church

Af Jonas Nosalis, 40 meter væk

Belfry of Cesis Church

B: Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

Af Jonas Nosalis, 40 meter væk

Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

C: Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

Af Vil Muhametshin, 40 meter væk

Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

D: Cesis, Riga street

Af Jonas Nosalis, 90 meter væk

Cesis, Riga street

E: Cesis Castle

Af Olga Parshina, 90 meter væk

Cesis Castle

F: Cesis castle

Af Jonas Nosalis, 100 meter væk

  Construction of the castle is thought to have begun around 1209, in the time of Master of the Order...

Cesis castle

G: Cesis

Af Jonas Nosalis, 110 meter væk

Cēsis Castle is a Livonian castle situated in Cēsis, Latvia. Its ruins are one of the most majestic c...

Cesis

H: Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

Af Vil Muhametshin, 130 meter væk

Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

I: Raunas Varti

Af Jonas Nosalis, 170 meter væk

Raunas Varti

J: On the ruinis of Cesis Medieval Castle, Latvia

Af Vil Muhametshin, 190 meter væk

On the ruinis of Cesis Medieval Castle, Latvia

Dette panorama blev taget i Latvia, 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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