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40th International Classic Rally Start Larisa Greece

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C: Larisa Ancient Theatre Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 180 meters away

The Ancient Theatre of Larisa is one of the biggest ancient theatres of Greece. It was constructed in...

Larisa Ancient Theatre Greece

D: Frourio (fortress) Square Larisa 01

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 330 meters away

Frourio (fortress) Square Larisa 01

E: Frourio (fortress) Square Larisa 02

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 340 meters away

Frourio (fortress) Square Larisa 02

F: Pedestrian Bridge Alkazar Larissa Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 490 meters away

This Bridge was completed in the mid 2009 and on it thousands of people walk in order to reach the La...

Pedestrian Bridge Alkazar Larissa Greece

G: Larissa-Mylos-Pappa

by George Thanos, 540 meters away

Larissa-Mylos-Pappa

H: Stairs Alkazar Larissa Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 580 meters away

Stairs Alkazar Larissa Greece

I: Fountain Alkazar Larissa Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 590 meters away

Fountain Alkazar Larissa Greece

J: Bench Talk Alkazar Larissa Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 760 meters away

After a morning rain the air could not be cleaner. Talking with the elderly ones on a Sunday morning ...

Bench Talk Alkazar Larissa Greece

This panorama was taken in Greece, 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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