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Nearby images in Ireland


A: Columbarium Ballybeg

by Gearoid Casey, 18.1 km away

Columbarium Ballybeg

B: Ballybeg Priory and Columbarium

by Gearoid Casey, 18.1 km away

Ballybeg Priory is a 13th century priory situated near the town of Buttevant, County Cork, Ireland.Ch...

Ballybeg Priory and Columbarium

C: Clydagh view MK

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 25.1 km away

Clydagh view MK

D: Blarney's Castle Young Ladies Room

by Rubens Cardia, 32.7 km away

The Young Ladies room was where the daughters of the Lord of Blarney's Castle slept, just under the p...

Blarney's Castle Young Ladies Room

E: Blarney Castle Badge Cave

by Rubens Cardia, 32.7 km away

The Badge Cave in Blarney Castle, in Blarney town in County Cork Ireland, was an escape route from in...

Blarney Castle Badge Cave

G: Blarney Castle

by Rubens Cardia, 32.7 km away

The Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold near Cork city in Ireland and was build in 1210 as a ston...

Blarney Castle

H: Blarney Castle

by ariel, 32.7 km away

Blarney Castle

I: Blarney House

by Rubens Cardia, 32.7 km away

Situated just 200 yards south of the Blarney Castle, in County Cork, it was built in 1874 and it is o...

Blarney House

J: cromwell_1

by Mariusz Kalinowski, 33.2 km away


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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