Front of Lviv rathouse. 028
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Front of Lviv rathouse. 028

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A: Main entrance to L'viv's rathouse. 034

by Denny A. Ovchar, 10 meters away

Main entrance to L'viv's rathouse. 034

B: Lviv from the roof of city's rathouse. Lviv 030

by Denny A. Ovchar, 20 meters away

Lviv from the roof of city's rathouse. Lviv 030

C: Lviv 031

by Denny A. Ovchar, 30 meters away

Lviv 031

D: Neptun fountain at Rynok square in Lviv. 029

by Denny A. Ovchar, 30 meters away

Neptun fountain at Rynok square in Lviv. 029

E: Plocsha "Gorodocka." Lions. Ukraine

by YEVGENII KRYVENKO, 40 meters away

Panorama shot in the square Gorodocka in Lviv, near the fountain with Neptune. We can see as the Town...

Plocsha "Gorodocka." Lions. Ukraine

F: Statue of Neptune, Market Square - Lviv

by Andrey Golubev, 50 meters away

Statue of Neptune, Market Square - Lviv

G: Amfitrita fountain at Rynok square in Lviv. 027

by Denny A. Ovchar, 60 meters away

Amfitrita fountain at Rynok square in Lviv. 027

H: The Latin Cathedral in Lviv built in XIV-XVII. 035

by Denny A. Ovchar, 60 meters away

The Latin Cathedral in Lviv built in XIV-XVII. 035

I: Panorama Lviv night

by Volodymyr Shostak ( dailylviv.com ), 70 meters away

Panorama Lviv night

J: Cathedral square in Lviv

by Andrey Golubev, 70 meters away

Cathedral square in Lviv

This panorama was taken in L'viv, 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.

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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