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A: Dub Panorama

by Jacek W, 18.2 km away

Dub Panorama

B: Osiedle Jana Zamoyskiego

by Jacek W, 22.3 km away

Osiedle Jana Zamoyskiego

C: Return Zamosc Tennis Club

by Kamil Kawalko, 23.8 km away

Return Zamosc Tennis Club. One of the best tennis courts in southern Poland. Located near the histori...

Return Zamosc Tennis Club

D: Zamosc

by Rafał Kobyliński, 23.8 km away

Zamosc

E: Zamosc

by Rafał Kobyliński, 23.8 km away

Zamosc

F: Great Market in Zamosc

by Tomasz Szawkalo, 23.8 km away

Great Market, the center of Old Town of Zamosc, South-East Poland. This 100 by 100 meters square is s...

Great Market in Zamosc

G: Old Town Zamosc

by Przemek Piwowar - panoland.pl, 23.8 km away

Old Town Zamosc

H: Old Twon Zamosc

by Przemek Piwowar - panoland.pl, 23.8 km away

Old Twon Zamosc

I: Old City of Zamosc

by Kamil Kawalko, 23.8 km away

If you are looking for a Renaissance town in Poland, visit Zamość.

Old City of Zamosc

J: Mirror phaze by Marcin Kowalik

by Kamil Kawalko, 23.9 km away

Mirror phaze by Marcin Kowalik in BWA Gallery in Zamość. Room 1. --------------- For the purpose of t...

Mirror phaze by Marcin Kowalik

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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