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A: Hunting&fishing fair

by Manuel Teles, less than 10 meters away

Hunting and fishing fair at Bragança, North Portugal

Hunting&fishing fair

B: Braganca Hospital

by Manuel Teles, 2.7 km away

Rita Pires painting exibition at Braganca Hospital

Braganca Hospital

C: Rotunda do Centro de Saude

by Manuel Teles, 2.8 km away

Rotunda do Centro de Saude

D: Ciclovia do Fervenca

by Manuel Teles, 2.8 km away

Ciclovia do Fervenca

E: Castro de Avelas church

by Manuel Teles, 2.9 km away

Castro de Avelas church

F: Piscina Academico

by Manuel Teles, 2.9 km away

Piscina Academico

G: Braganca (view from a radio broadcasting antenna)

by Manuel Teles, 2.9 km away

Braganca (View from a radio broadcasting antenna)

Braganca (view from a radio broadcasting antenna)

H: CMB Braganca

by Manuel Teles, 3.0 km away

CMB Braganca

I: Cathedral garden

by Manuel Teles, 3.1 km away

Cathedral garden with awful graffiti

Cathedral garden

J: Honey House

by Manuel Teles, 3.1 km away

Honey House

This panorama was taken in Portugal, 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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