Dikereef Chamber Delft Netherlands
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Dikereef Chamber Delft Netherlands

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A: Delft, Oude Delft

by Mark de Graaf, 50 meters away

Delft, Oude Delft

B: Delft Prinsenhof Garden

by Mark de Graaf, 80 meters away

Delft Prinsenhof Garden

C: The Oude Kerk in Delft, Holland (west)

by Willem Schulte, 110 meters away

The Oude Kerk (old church) (or: Old Jan) in Delft was built in 1246. It is the oldest church of the c...

The Oude Kerk in Delft, Holland (west)

D: Oude Kerk Delft near gravetomb Maarten Tromp

by Jaap Kluiver, 120 meters away

Old church in Delft where the famous Dutch 17th century navy hero Maarten Tromp is buried.

Oude Kerk Delft near gravetomb Maarten Tromp

E: The Oude Kerk in Delft, Holland (oost)

by Willem Schulte, 130 meters away

The Oude Kerk (old church) (or: Old Jan) in Delft was built in 1246. It is the oldest church of the c...

The Oude Kerk in Delft, Holland (oost)

F: Delft Oude Delft Bridge

by Mark de Graaf, 220 meters away

Delft Oude Delft Bridge

G: Delft Grote Markt on Marketday

by Mark de Graaf, 270 meters away

In Delft on The Grote Markt, every Thursday is the weekly market. On a day like this it can be really...

Delft Grote Markt on Marketday

H: Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

by Roberto Scavino, 280 meters away

Nieuwe Kerk, Delft

I: Delft Grote Markt

by Mark de Graaf, 290 meters away

Delft Grote Markt

J: Delft - Boule d'Orange Market Tournament

by Marco den Herder, 290 meters away

Delft - Boule d'Orange Market Tournament

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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.

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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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