Białowieza, "Royal Oak Trail" - Oak Sigismund the Old
Oak Sigismund the Old, circumference 470 cm, height 30 m, was built in the place of hunting manor with white tower and surrounded it with a park. Castle did not survive, oaks remain. Chronicles write: "The King Sigismund the Old Forestry Law was, as death will be punished, to which the royal beasts slaughtered in the wilderness ..."
Oak Stefan Batory circumference 494 cm and a height of 34 m was hunting in the Bialowieza Forest in r...
Bialowieza "Royal Oak Trail", Oak Gediminas circumference 514 cm, height 27 m, Grand Duke Gediminas o...
Oak John Casimir, with a circumference of 340 cm and a height of 24 m King of the resume after the br...
Oak Olgierd and Kiejstut circumference 407 cm, height 27 m co-government Lithuania in the second half...
Narrow-gauge railway tracks once used to transport timber in the Bialowieza Forest.
"Place of Power" is characterized by a large concentration of bifurcating at its base of trees of dif...
synagogue (ruins)Construction date: end of XVIII-XIX centuries.
ЧЕРНАВЧИЦКИЙ КОСТЁЛ ПРЕСВЯТОЙ ТРОИЦЫ, уникальный памятник бел. архитектуры с элементами готики и рене...
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.