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A: Bielsko-Biała, Bolek and Lolek Monument

by Marek Kocjan, 30 meters away

http://spacer.bielsko.pl

Bielsko-Biała, Bolek and Lolek Monument

C: Bielsko-Biała, Evangelical Cemetery in Biala

by Marek Kocjan, 200 meters away

Founded in 1783. The oldest gravestones came from the first half of 19th century. The most impressive...

Bielsko-Biała, Evangelical Cemetery in Biala

D: Bielsko-Biala, Mostowa Street

by Marek Kocjan, 200 meters away

Bielsko-Biala, Mostowa Street

E: Bielsko-Biała, bridge over the Biała river

by Marek Kocjan, 210 meters away

Bielsko-Biała, bridge over the Biała river

G: Bielsko-Biała, Komorowicka Street - The Rost's Tenement House

by Marek Kocjan, 300 meters away

It was built by E. Rost junior in 1903 in neobaroque style with neorococo facade. Nowadays it houses ...

Bielsko-Biała, Komorowicka Street - The Rost's Tenement House

H: Bielsko-Biala, The Evangelical-Augsburg Church of Martin Luther

by Marek Kocjan, 360 meters away

It is a building erected in classical style between 1792-1798 in the place of an old evangelical ceme...

Bielsko-Biala, The Evangelical-Augsburg Church of Martin Luther

I: Bielsko-Biała, The Seat Of Jewish Commune

by Marek Kocjan, 400 meters away

The building of former Jewish Commune was built in 1904 by Karol Korn according to E. Linder and T. S...

Bielsko-Biała, The Seat Of Jewish Commune

J: Bielsko-Biała, Reksio Monument

by Marek Kocjan, 400 meters away

Bielsko-Biała, Reksio Monument

This panorama was taken in Poland, Europe

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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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