Bytom Odrzanski Rynek
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Bytom Odrzanski Rynek

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A: The promenade in Bytom Odrzański

by Tomek Zuk, 340 meters away

The promenade in Bytom Odrzański

B: Bytom Odrzanski panorama

by Tomek Zuk, 390 meters away

Bytom Odrzanski panorama

C: Siedlisko Castle

by Tomek Zuk, 4.2 km away

The castle of Sedlischo was first mentioned in a 1298 deed, when the Silesian duke Henry III of Głogó...

Siedlisko Castle

D: Siedlisko Castle - Chapel.

by Tomek Zuk, 4.3 km away

The castle of Sedlischo was first mentioned in a 1298 deed, when the Silesian duke Henry III of Głogó...

Siedlisko Castle - Chapel.

E: Siedlisko Castle - Chapel

by Tomek Zuk, 4.3 km away

The castle of Sedlischo was first mentioned in a 1298 deed, when the Silesian duke Henry III of Głogó...

Siedlisko Castle - Chapel

F: Siedlisko Castle

by Tomek Zuk, 4.3 km away

The castle of Sedlischo was first mentioned in a 1298 deed, when the Silesian duke Henry III of Głogó...

Siedlisko Castle

G: Stagecoach along the road

by H.J.Weber, 7.7 km away

Stagecoach along the road

H: Church in Nowe Miasteczko

by Tomek Zuk, 7.9 km away

Church in Nowe Miasteczko

I: Church in Nowe Miasteczko

by Tomek Zuk, 7.9 km away

Church in Nowe Miasteczko

J: The center of the Oder (Poland)

by Tomek Zuk, 8.3 km away

The center of the Oder (Poland)

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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