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A: Village of Babe - high view from church roof

by Manuel Teles, 660 meters away

Village of Babe - high view from church roof

Village of Babe - high view from church roof

B: Babe church

by Manuel Teles, 660 meters away

church in Babe, north Portugal

Babe church

C: Babe village by night

by Manuel Teles, 680 meters away

Babe village by night

D: Qta. das Covas

by Manuel Teles, 5.5 km away

Qta. das Covas

E: Ines and Leonor baptism party

by Manuel Teles, 7.0 km away

Ines and Leonor baptism party

F: Rural house on "Trás-os-Montes" - northern Portugal

by Manuel Teles, 7.1 km away

Family eating dinner on a contry house on "Trás-os-Montes" - northern Portugal

Rural house on "Trás-os-Montes" - northern Portugal

G: Traditional beehives, made of cork

by Manuel Teles, 7.9 km away

Traditional beehives, from north Portugal, made of cork

Traditional beehives, made of cork

H: Picnic area at the Braganca castle

by Manuel Teles, 9.6 km away

Picnic area at the Braganca castle

I: S. Francisco church

by Manuel Teles, 9.7 km away

S. Francisco church

J: Feira Medieval Panorama Final

by Manuel Teles, 9.8 km away

Feira Medieval Panorama Final

This panorama was taken in Portugal, 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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