Basílica de Mafra - interior
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Basílica de Mafra - interior

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A: Terraço da Basílica de Mafra

Par Sotero Ferreira, à 10 mètres

Terraço da Basílica de Mafra

B: Convento de Mafra

Par Sotero Ferreira, à 40 mètres

Convento de Mafra

C: Convento de Mafra

Par Nuno Carvalho, à 80 mètres

Convento Noite

Convento de Mafra

D: Typical Village of José Franco - Mafra

Par Sotero Ferreira, A 3.4 km

Typical Village of José Franco - Mafra

E: Sky near Milharado Windmills

Par Rui, A 11.5 km

This panorama was shot on a "windmill night tour" with a group of work friends. it was the first sati...

Sky near Milharado Windmills

F: Aguda

Par Nuno Carvalho, A 14.4 km

Aguda

G: Azenhas do Mar - Portugal

Par Luis F M Pontes, A 15.9 km

"Azenhas do Mar" is a small village at the atlantic coast just a few kilometres north of Lisbon. With...

Azenhas do Mar - Portugal

H: Pozo de la Iniciación

Par Juan Jose Perez, A 16.3 km

Quinta da Regaleiras Sintra Portugal

Pozo de la Iniciación

I: Palacio Nacional de Sintra _Portugal

Par soledad-tante-agudo, A 16.5 km

Palacio Nacional de Sintra _Portugal

J: Sintra - Portugal

Par Luis F M Pontes, A 16.5 km

"Palacio da Vila" at Sintra, classified as national monument, it has the largest group of mudejar pai...

Sintra - Portugal

Ce panorama é été pris à Portugal, Europe

Ceci est un aperçu de 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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