Glastonbury Abbey, Monks Kitchen, Somerset, England
The area in the starting view was once the Refrectory with the Monk's kitchens behind. Due West can be seen the Abbot's kitchen.
The starting view looks out across the Refectory and Cloisters to the walls of the Knave of the Abbey.
In about 1190 the was a massive fire in the Abbey, as it was then, and a need to attract new pilgrims...
The Abbey Choir, looking to King Edgar's Chapel in the East.
The Lady Chapel is to the West (Left), the Knave of the Abbey and Galilee (Porch) of the Abbey itself...
The Abbey Galilee (Porch or Entrance) was located in this area at one time, there having been several...
This panorama of the Abbey was taken from the Galilee chapel near the Great West doorway looking into...
The Lady Chapel was built in the late 1180's following the extensive fire that destroyed the Abbey in...
The Abbots own kitchen was a grand affair compared to the the Monk's kitchen. Laid out and cooking i...
The entrance to the Lady Chapel which is at the West end of the Abbey itself.
St. Patrick's Chapel is in the middle of restoration.The two restores visible were discussing the lik...
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.