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20130805 215821 Vilnius. Vokieciu street at dusk. Spherical HDR panorama

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A: Franciscan church, Vilnius

by Aleksandr Reznik, 200 meters away

Franciscan church, Vilnius

C: vilnius winter rathaus at night

by Aleksandr Reznik, 230 meters away

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vilnius winter rathaus at night

D: Rotušės aikštė naktį

by Jonas Nosalis, 230 meters away

Rotušės aikštė naktį

E: Vilnius, Lithuania, Rotuses aikste

by Aleksandr Reznik, 230 meters away

Vilnius, Lithuania, Rotuses aikste

F: 2013 05 26 140432 Nike As Begu Lithuania

by Aleksandr Reznik, 240 meters away

2013 05 26 140432 Nike As Begu Lithuania

G: 20111231 Vilnius 6

by Valdis Salekalns, 240 meters away

20111231 Vilnius 6

H: 2013 08 10 2140 Vilnius Rotuses

by Aleksandr Reznik, 250 meters away

2013 08 10 2140 Vilnius Rotuses

I: Victims of the Ghetto Square

by Jonas Nosalis, 270 meters away

Victims of the Ghetto Square

J: Vilniaus Šv. Kazimiero bažnyčia

by Jonas Nosalis, 300 meters away

Founded by the Jesuits and dedicated to St. Casimir, construction of the church began in 1604. Povila...

Vilniaus Šv. Kazimiero bažnyčia

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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