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A: Feneos - Saint George

by Nikos Giannakopoulos, 760 meters away

The monastery, built around 1610 and renovated in 1754, is a 3 floor building with inner courtyard, w...

Feneos - Saint George

B: On the summit of mt.Ziria at early summer

by Takis Konstantakos, 9.6 km away

Mt Ziria is the 2nd highest mountain in the Peloponese,with its peak reaching the altitude of 2376m. ...

On the summit of mt.Ziria at early summer

C: Mount Oligirtos

by Leosthenes Pasipoularides, 16.0 km away

A wintry day near the peak of Oligirtos. This mountain lies in the central Peloponnese and is near 2....

Mount Oligirtos

D: Εβροστίνη

by Christos Tsekas, 18.5 km away

Εβροστίνη

F: Το ρέμα των μύλων#2

by Christos Tsekas, 18.5 km away

Το ρέμα των μύλων#2

G: Kalavryta, the Holocaust Memorial site

by Kostas Kaltsas, 18.9 km away

The Holocaust of Kalavryta (Greek: Ολοκαύτωμα των Καλαβρύτων), or the Massacre of Kalavryta (Σφαγή τω...

Kalavryta, the Holocaust Memorial site

J: On clouds..

by Christo Bino, 51.9 km away

Over Panaxaikos mountain at 2700m high.

On clouds..

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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