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Bulwar Czerwieński

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A: Boulevard Czerwienski

by Andrzej Cież, 10 meters away

Boulevard Czerwienski

B: Wawel

by Maciej G. Szling, 300 meters away

Wawel

C: Wawel Hill

by PanoArt Kraków, 300 meters away

Wawel is an architectural complex erected over many centuries atop a limestone outcrop on the left ba...

Wawel Hill

D: The Royal Castle - Wawel

by Adam Czapla, 330 meters away

The Royal Castle - Wawel

E: The Dragon of Wawel Hill

by Karol Kwiatek, 340 meters away

Smok Wawelski, also known as The Dragon of Wawel Hill or simply The Wawel Dragon, is a famous dragon ...

The Dragon of Wawel Hill

G: Wawel cathedral and statue of pope John Paul II

by Jan Mulder, 360 meters away

Photo's taken on December 31, 2012.

Wawel cathedral and statue of pope John Paul II

H: Effigy of the Pope Johannes Paul-2

by H.J.Weber, 370 meters away

Effigy of the Pope Johannes Paul-2

I: Polska, Kraków, Katedra Na Wawelu

by Thomas Blanket, 370 meters away

Polska, Kraków, Katedra Na Wawelu

This panorama was taken in Krakow, 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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