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A: Läuferplatz

by David Haberthür, 40 meters away


B: Nydeggbrücke

by André Mürner, 100 meters away

We are standing on the Nydeggbrücke (Nydegg bridge) which is located at the almost easterly point of ...


C: Rathausplatz Bern

by André Mürner, 460 meters away

The Rathausplatz is a plaza in the Old City of Bern, the medieval city center of Bern. The building r...

Rathausplatz Bern

D: Crypt Old-Catholic Church Saint Peter and Paul

by Peter Feenstra, 500 meters away

This crypt is used in wintertime by the old-catholic parish of Berne for worship, because the upper c...

Crypt Old-Catholic Church Saint Peter and Paul

E: Old-Catholic Church St. Peter and Paul

by Peter Feenstra, 520 meters away

At Rathausgasse 2 right next to the gothic City Hall (Rathaus) you will find this neo-gothic church, ...

Old-Catholic Church St. Peter and Paul

F: Munster, Bern

by Martin Gygax, 550 meters away

Munster, Bern

G: Munsterplattform, Bern

by Martin Gygax, 560 meters away

Munsterplattform, Bern

H: Munster Cathedral

by Grzegorz Rogala, 590 meters away

An equirectangular panorama taken inside the Munster Cathedral in Bern.

Munster Cathedral

I: Kirchenfeldbrücke - Bern

by Luis Marques, 610 meters away

The Kirchenfeldbrücke is the bridge over the Aare river which connects the Casino square in Old Town ...

Kirchenfeldbrücke - Bern

J: Buskers 2012

by David Haberthür, 610 meters away

Buskers 2012

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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