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Picnic area at the Braganca castle

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A: Feira Medieval Panorama Final

Af Manuel Teles, 110 meter væk

Feira Medieval Panorama Final

B: The Port Winetour

Af Manuel Teles, 110 meter væk

The Port Winetour

C: Braganza castle

Af Manuel Teles, 120 meter væk

Braganza castle with snow

Braganza castle

D: Medieval recreation

Af Manuel Teles, 130 meter væk

Medieval recreation

E: Braganza castle - elevated pole viewpoint

Af Manuel Teles, 150 meter væk

Braganza castle - elevated pole viewpoint

F: S. Francisco church

Af Manuel Teles, 160 meter væk

S. Francisco church

G: Pillory Castle

Af Manuel Teles, 190 meter væk

Pillory Castle

H: Museu da Mascara e do Traje

Af Manuel Teles, 200 meter væk

 Iberian Museum of mask and costume at Bragança, Portugal / Iberian Museum of mask and costume at Bra...

Museu da Mascara e do Traje

I: Museu da Máscara e do Traje - Interior I

Af Manuel Teles, 210 meter væk

 Iberian Museum of mask and costume at Bragança, Portugal Iberian Museum of mask and costume at Braga...

Museu da Máscara e do Traje - Interior I

J: Museu da Máscara e do Traje - Interior II

Af Manuel Teles, 210 meter væk

Iberian Museum of mask and costume at Bragança, Portugal

Museu da Máscara e do Traje - Interior II

Dette panorama blev taget i Portugal, 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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