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Sculpture park "Dainu Kalns" in Turaida Museum Reserve, Latvia

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A: On a sunny autumn day near the Turaida wooden church

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 80 mètres

It is the oldest wooden church built by country craftsmen which survived in its place in Vidzeme, nor...

On a sunny autumn day near the Turaida wooden church

C: Traditional pagan celebration of summer solstice in Turaida, Latvia

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 200 mètres

Watch this panorama with sound here - http://www.virtuallatvia.lv/Tours/Turaida/Saulgriezi.html

Traditional pagan celebration of summer solstice in Turaida, Latvia

D: Turaida Castle, Latvia

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 220 mètres

Turaida Castle, Latvia

E: View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 230 mètres

View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

G: Medieval castle in Turaida - aerial view, Latvia

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 260 mètres

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Medieval castle in Turaida - aerial view, Latvia

H: Reconstructed medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 270 mètres

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Reconstructed medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

I: Aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 270 mètres

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

J: Medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

Par Vil Muhametshin, à 300 mètres

Medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

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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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