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20111231 Vilnius 3

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Nearby images in http://www.360cities.net/area/vilnius-lithuania

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A: 2013 09 06 225300 Brainstorm concert in Vilnius

by Aleksandr Reznik, 30 meters away

2013 09 06 225300 Brainstorm concert in Vilnius

B: 2011 05 06 Vilnius Cathedral At Night

by Aleksandr Reznik, 40 meters away

2011 05 06 Vilnius Cathedral At Night

C: 20131222 1624 Vilnius Christmas Tree

by Aleksandr Reznik, 60 meters away

20131222 1624 Vilnius Christmas Tree

D: Gediminas statue

by Jonas Nosalis, 70 meters away

Gediminas (ca. 1275 – winter 1341) was the monarch of medieval Grand Duchy of Lithuania. He was the r...

Gediminas statue

E: Cathedral Square

by Jonas Nosalis, 70 meters away

The Cathedral Square (Lithuanian: Katedros aikštė) in Vilnius is the main square of the city's downto...

Cathedral Square

F: 20111231 Vilnius 2

by Valdis Salekalns, 80 meters away

20111231 Vilnius 2

G: Vilnius Cathedral

by Aleksandr Reznik, 90 meters away

The Cathedral of Vilnius (Lithuanian: Vilniaus Šv. Stanislovo ir Šv. Vladislovo arkikatedra bazilika)...

Vilnius Cathedral

H: Pano Vilnius Cathedral Square 8000

by Aleksandr Reznik, 90 meters away

Pano Vilnius Cathedral Square 8000

I: Vilniaus Arkikatedros Kolonada

by Belmando Poll, 90 meters away

Vilniaus Arkikatedros Kolonada

This panorama was taken in http://www.360cities.net/area/vilnius-lithuania, Europe

This is an overview of 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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