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A: Arcas-Martinsplatz-Durchgang-Brotlaube-Altstadt-Chur-Schweiz

by Rico Riedi, 10 meters away

the house called Martinsplatz is located between the place arcas and the place Martinsplatz. The thor...


B: Baerenloch-Hof-Altstadt-Chur-Schweiz

by Rico Riedi, 30 meters away

The Baerenloch ist a courtyard existing since the middle age. It is a touristic attraction in the Chu...


C: Martinsplatz_by_Night

by Rico Riedi, 40 meters away


D: Martinsplatz

by Peter M, 50 meters away

Der Martinsplatz in der Bündner Kantonshauptstadt Chur liegt in der dem Langsamverkehr vorbehaltenen ...


E: Martinsplatz-Kirche-Altstadt-Chur-Schweiz

by Rico Riedi, 60 meters away

The Martins-place with the Martins-fountain and the Martins-church. The Martins-place is the historic...


F: Martinskirche Innenraum Chur

by Rico Riedi, 70 meters away

Die Martinskirche ist die grösste spätgotische Kirche Graubündens. Mit ihrem Spitzturm ist sie das Wa...

Martinskirche Innenraum Chur

G: Arcas_26_by_Night

by Rico Riedi, 90 meters away


H: Musemumstrasse

by Peter M, 100 meters away


I: Gansplatz

by Andrew Usatyuk, 110 meters away


J: Raetisches Museum Vorplatz Chur

by Rico Riedi, 110 meters away

Das rätische Museum ist in einem dreistöckigen barocken Patrizierhaus untergebracht.Das rätische Muse...

Raetisches Museum Vorplatz Chur

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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.

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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. 

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