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20th Anniversary of the Day of the Defenders of Freedom "Battle for the Freedom of Nations"

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A: Memorial "Aukojimas"

by Jonas Nosalis, 60 meters away

Vilnius TV Tower is one of the highest buildings in the Eastern Europe and the highest in Lithuania. ...

Memorial "Aukojimas"

B: Circle of the Flame of Freedom. By the TV Tower

by Jonas Nosalis, 90 meters away

20th Anniversary of the Day of the Defenders of Freedom

Circle of the Flame of Freedom. By the TV Tower

C: TEDxVilnius

by Jonas Nosalis, 1.2 km away

TEDxVilnius

D: 2014 06 08 184448 Yeltsin Day celebration in Vingis Parkas

by Aleksandr Reznik, 1.5 km away

Yeltsin Day celebration in Vingis ParkasПразднование Дня Ельцина в парке Вингис

2014 06 08 184448 Yeltsin Day celebration in Vingis Parkas

E: 54 701499 25 221833 Spaudos Rumai Naktis

by Saulius Balsys, 1.6 km away

Virtualus gidas tai interaktyvus 3d gidas, virtuali ekskursija, panoramos su navigacija, Spaudos rūmai,

54 701499 25 221833 Spaudos Rumai Naktis

G: Oslo street

by Jonas Nosalis, 2.1 km away

Oslo street

H: Oslo street. Transport hub

by Jonas Nosalis, 2.1 km away

Oslo street. Transport hub

I: Pilaite Watermill

by Saulius Baublys, 2.2 km away

In previous times Pilaite was only an estate surrounded by several villages. The heart of the locatio...

Pilaite Watermill

J: Pilaite Watermill HDR

by Saulius Baublys, 2.2 km away

In previous times Pilaite was only an estate surrounded by several villages. The heart of the locatio...

Pilaite Watermill HDR

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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