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'Victoriahaus' in the Botanical Garden of the University of Basel, Switzerland

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The Victoriahaus was built in 1898 specifically for the giant water lily 'Victoria Regia'. It is one of the highlights of the botanical garden of the University of Basel. 

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Bilder in der Nähe von Schweiz

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A: Basel Botanique

von Adam Ciarcinski, 10 Meter entfernt

Basel Botanique

B: "Old Aunt" at the Carnival in Basel

von Werner Getzmann, 400 Meter entfernt

These "Old aunt" plays the "Piccolo"in the streets of Basel. The Basel carnival lasts 3 days. The pic...

"Old Aunt" at the Carnival in Basel

C: das Weihnachtsbaumschmuckausstattungsgeschäft

von Dieter Hofer, 410 Meter entfernt

A Store that sells only Christmas tree decoration all year round. It is located on 'Spalenberg' a nar...

das Weihnachtsbaumschmuckausstattungsgeschäft

D: Rathausplatz

von Markus Lissner, 460 Meter entfernt

Rathausplatz

E: Carnival in Basel on Monday, also called Cortege

von Werner Getzmann, 460 Meter entfernt

The Carnival in Basel takes 3 days. They are in for the people in Basel, the three best days of the y...

Carnival in Basel on Monday, also called Cortege

F: Rossetti

von Markus Lissner, 470 Meter entfernt

Rossetti

G: Market Square in Basel after a Winter Rain Shower

von Dieter Hofer, 480 Meter entfernt

The market square of Basel, Switzerland after a cold winter rain shower. Only a few people (tourists ...

Market Square in Basel after a Winter Rain Shower

H: Switzerland Basel Markplatz

von Felix Hagemann, 490 Meter entfernt

The market square of Basel, Switzerland third largest city, also features the red town hall that's de...

Switzerland Basel Markplatz

I: Basler Rathaus

von Brian Opyd, 490 Meter entfernt

Basel City Hall Courtyard

Basler Rathaus

J: Marktplatz - Basel

von Luis Marques, 500 Meter entfernt

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Marktplatz - Basel

Das Panorama wurde in Schweiz, Europe aufgenommen

Dies ist ein Überblick von 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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