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by RVS 286, less than 10 meters away

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B: Kaliningrad - the Cathedral. Калининград - Кафедральный собор. 2012 november.

by Геннадий Сущенко, 60 meters away

St. Nicholas Kathedrale, Kaliningrad (früher Königsberg)

Kaliningrad - the Cathedral. Калининград - Кафедральный собор. 2012 november.

C: Kaliningrad (former Königsberg) Калининградский Кафедральный собор - Kaliningrad Cathedral.2012.

by Геннадий Сущенко, 110 meters away

Grave of German philosopher Immanuil Kant. The gravestone is built in 1921 according to the project o...

Kaliningrad (former Königsberg) Калининградский Кафедральный собор - Kaliningrad Cathedral.2012.

D: Kaliningrad (former Königsberg)

by Vladimir Georgievskiy, 120 meters away

Konigsberg Cathedral (German: Konigsberger Dom) is a Brick Gothic style building in Kaliningrad (form...

Kaliningrad (former Königsberg)

E: Kaliningrad (former Königsberg) Калининградский Кафедральный собор - Kaliningrad Cathedral. Вид с востока - view from the East.

by Геннадий Сущенко, 170 meters away

Grave of German philosopher Immanuil Kant. The gravestone is built in 1921 according to the project o...

Kaliningrad (former Königsberg) Калининградский Кафедральный собор - Kaliningrad Cathedral. Вид с востока - view from the East.

F: 20090919 Kaliningrad Cathedral

by Aleksandr Reznik, 170 meters away

Königsberg Cathedral (German: Königsberger Dom) is a Brick Gothic style building in Kaliningrad (form...

20090919 Kaliningrad Cathedral

G: Kaliningrad. Fish village

by Aleksandr Reznik, 330 meters away

Kaliningrad. Fish village

I: View from "House of Soviets" in Kaliningrad. 2014.

by Геннадий Сущенко, 440 meters away

View from the building of "House of Soviets", construction beginning in the seventies. On this place ...

View from "House of Soviets" in Kaliningrad. 2014.

J: The Whale (Ocean Museum, Kaliningrad)

by Aleksei G, 670 meters away

The Whale (Ocean Museum, Kaliningrad)

This panorama was taken in 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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