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A: Cabriel river at El Vallecillo

by Jaime Brotons, 410 meters away

Cabriel river at El Vallecillo

B: Panorama of Calomarde cascade, Spain

by Jaime Brotons, 16.6 km away

Panorama of Calomarde cascade, Spain

C: Waterfall at Calomarde

by Paco Lorente, 16.7 km away

A beautiful waterfall in Guadalaviar stream near Calomarde, a small village of Sierra de Albarracin.

Waterfall at Calomarde

D: Snow at Calomarde

by Paco Lorente, 16.8 km away

Early morning in New Year day at Calomarde village. The snow has covered partially everything this ni...

Snow at Calomarde

E: Peña de la Cruz

by Eduardo Garcia, 18.4 km away

La Peña la Cruz es un impresionante mirador situado en la Sierra de Albarracín. Está a una altitud de...

Peña de la Cruz

F: Bajada a la Fuente del Cabrerizo

by Eduardo Garcia, 21.7 km away

Abrigo de la Fuente del Cabrerizo: Situado en el Barranco del Cabrerizo este conjunto rupestre contie...

Bajada a la Fuente del Cabrerizo

G: Fuente del Cabrerizo

by Eduardo Garcia, 21.7 km away

Abrigo de la Fuente del Cabrerizo: Situado en el Barranco del Cabrerizo este conjunto rupestre contie...

Fuente del Cabrerizo

H: Panorama of Albarracin Castle

by Jaime Brotons, 21.9 km away

Panorama of Albarracin Castle

I: Albarracin Plaza Central

by jose-ignacio-teran, 22.0 km away

Albarracin Plaza Central

J: Albarracin, Spain

by Jaime Brotons, 22.0 km away

Albarracin, Spain

This panorama was taken in Spain, 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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