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Explanada principal del Valle de los Caídos. El Escorial (Madrid)

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Explanada principal del Valle de los Caídos. El Escorial (Madrid)

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Imágenes cercanas en Madrid

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A: Basílica del Valle de los Caídos. El Escorial (Madrid)

por Juan Luis Redajo, 420 metros de distancia

Basílica del Valle de los Caídos. El Escorial (Madrid)

Basílica del Valle de los Caídos. El Escorial (Madrid)

B: Plaza De La Constitucion De El Escorial

por José Ignacio Terán, a 5.6 km.

Plaza De La Constitucion De El Escorial

D: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

por luis davilla, a 5.7 km.

 Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

E: Monasterio de San Lorenzo del Escorial de Madrid

por José Ignacio Terán, a 5.7 km.

Monasterio de San Lorenzo del Escorial de Madrid

G: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

por luis davilla, a 5.8 km.

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

H: San Lorenzo del Escorial 2

por José Ignacio Terán, a 5.8 km.

San Lorenzo del Escorial 2

I: Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

por Juan Luis Redajo, a 5.8 km.

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

J: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

por luis davilla, a 5.8 km.

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Este panorama fue tomado en Madrid, Europe

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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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