coast of Crete, Chersonisos
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coast of Crete, Chersonisos

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A: Strand Hersonissos am Museum Lychnostatis

by Dirk Rabe, 50 meters away

Strand am Museum Lychnostatis in Kreta

Strand Hersonissos am Museum Lychnostatis

B: Am Museum Lychnostatis

by Hendrik Henschel, 100 meters away

Am Museum Lychnostatis

C: Lychnostatis Open Air Museum - Hersonissos

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 110 meters away

The Museum 'LYCHNOSTATIS' is an autonomous private Foundation, operating since June 1992.  

Lychnostatis Open Air Museum - Hersonissos

D: Felsstrand

by Dirk Rabe, 150 meters away

Felsstrand

E: Chersonisou

by Hendrik Henschel, 180 meters away

Chersonisou

F: Chersonisou Felsen

by Hendrik Henschel, 190 meters away

Chersonisou Felsen

G: am Meer

by Hendrik Henschel, 190 meters away

am Meer

H: Am Meer 2

by Hendrik Henschel, 310 meters away

Am Meer 2

I: Am Meer 3

by Hendrik Henschel, 450 meters away

Am Meer 3

J: Sandy Peninsula Beach - East of Hersonissos port

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 500 meters away

Hersonissos is a beautiful Mediterranean town that stands on the ruins of the ancient peninsula, besi...

Sandy Peninsula Beach - East of Hersonissos port

This panorama was taken in Greece, 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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