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Fota Wildlife Park

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Nearby images in Ireland


A: Fota Gift Shop

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 40 meters away

Fota Gift Shop

B: Fota CCG ostrich

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 120 meters away

Fota CCG ostrich

C: Fota MK -tree

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 150 meters away

Fota MK -tree

D: Belvelly Castle

by Rubens Cardia, 350 meters away

Belvelly Castle is a typical medieval square tower dating from the fifteenth century, located near Co...

Belvelly Castle

E: Fota Incubation House

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 370 meters away

Fota Incubation House

F: Fota peacock

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 960 meters away

Fota peacock

G: Fota Castle Front

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 1.2 km away

Fota Castle Front

H: Fota Castle back

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 1.2 km away

Fota Castle back

I: Litte Island Bridge

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 2.1 km away

Litte Island Bridge

J: Forest with a Castle

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 2.3 km away

Forest with a Castle

This panorama was taken in Ireland, 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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