Bajo un arco de la Plaza Mayor de Madrid
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Bajo un arco de la Plaza Mayor de Madrid

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Imágenes cercanas en Madrid

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A: Plaza Mayor De Madrid

por José Ignacio Terán, 50 metros de distancia

Plaza Mayor De Madrid

B: Madrid - Plaza Mayor at Night

por Carsten Arenz, 50 metros de distancia

Plaza Mayor in Madrid is one of the biggest squares of this kind in Spain. It is remarkable in size a...

Madrid - Plaza Mayor at Night

C: Navidades en Plaza Mayor, Madrid

por Jaime Brotóns, 60 metros de distancia

Navidades en Plaza Mayor, Madrid

D: Plaza Mayor

por Lorenzo Vallés Vila, 60 metros de distancia

 Los orígenes de la plaza se remontan al siglo XV, cuando en la confluencia de los caminos (hoy en dí...

Plaza Mayor

E: Madrid - Plaza Mayor

por Carsten Arenz, 60 metros de distancia

Plaza Mayor in Madrid is one of the biggest squares of this kind in Spain. It is remarkable in size a...

Madrid - Plaza Mayor

F: Plaza Mayor

por Armin Leuprecht, 60 metros de distancia

Plaza Mayor

G: Plaza Mayor

por Rafael DeVill, 60 metros de distancia

Plaza Mayor means mains square in Spanish. In the middle ages it wasn't only the center of the city, ...

Plaza Mayor

H: Plaza Mayor

por Willy Kaemena, 60 metros de distancia

Wikipedia: "The Plaza Mayor built during the Habsburg period is a central plaza in the city of Madrid...

Plaza Mayor

I: Plaza De La Provincia de madrid

por José Ignacio Terán, 60 metros de distancia

Plaza De La Provincia de madrid

J: Calle de la sal de madrid

por José Ignacio Terán, 60 metros de distancia

Calle de la sal de madrid

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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