Church of St. Lawrence
Magnificent church of St. Lawrence in Zholkva built in the beginning. XVII. the project architect. P. Merry . Conceived as the main temple of the city, and the tomb of the family pantheon Zolkiewski knightly glory . In the dungeon buried the founder of the City of Saint Zolkiewski , his wife and son , as well as family and Jakub Sobieski Daniłowiczowski (father of King Jan Sobieski ) , for what Poles call the church " Small Wawel " . The interior is preserved marble tombstones with sculptures by B. Zychlivogo : male figures in knightly armor , female - in the traditional long dresses . Also interiors decorated paintings of the XVII century . " Battle of Vienna ", " The Battle of Hawtin ," " Battle of Kalushin " (now in Olessky Castle ) . Renaissance portal features images of saints , on the pediment of a statue of the Archangel Michael . Near the church stands a late bell tower , built in the XVI century . as a defensive tower . It adjoins the preserved part of the city wall . In Soviet times, the Church of St. Lawrence was closed , but now returned to the Catholic parish renovated by Polish specialists .
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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.