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A: Krasi

by Hendrik Henschel, 120 meters away

Krasi

B: Platane in Krasi

by Hendrik Henschel, 160 meters away

Platane in Krasi

C: 2500 Jahre alte Platane

by Hendrik Henschel, 170 meters away

2500 Jahre alte Platane

D: Alte Platane

by Hendrik Henschel, 170 meters away

Alte Platane

E: Countryside of Hersonissos

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 620 meters away

Countryside of Hersonissos

F: Monastery of Kera

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 1.9 km away

The earliest reference to the monastery is made in a document of 1333, a period during which it was a...

Monastery of Kera

G: Gonies Village Pedestrian Alley - Hersonissos

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 2.4 km away

The village of Gonies is located at the entrance of the gorges of the Panagia and Roza, one of the mo...

Gonies Village Pedestrian Alley - Hersonissos

H: St. Marina Church Gonies Village - Hersonissos

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 2.9 km away

Gonies Village located at the entrance of the gorges of the Panagia and Rosa from the finest gorges o...

St. Marina Church  Gonies Village - Hersonissos

I: Avdou Village Main Square - Hersonissos

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 3.3 km away

Situated in the pretty Lagada Valley, this is a good spot for horse-riding, hiking, walking and bird-...

Avdou Village Main Square - Hersonissos

J: Panagia Pantanassa Chapel Avdou Village - Hersonissos

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 3.3 km away

Situated in the pretty Lagada Valley, this is a good spot for horse-riding, hiking, walking and bird-...

Panagia Pantanassa Chapel Avdou Village - Hersonissos

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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