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A: Entry to the Hof

by A. van Die, 10 meters away

Toegangspoort tot het hof dordrecht, in de oude binnenstad. Een plein is rondom bebouwd en een rustig...

Entry to the Hof

B: Kloostertuin

by A. van Die, 60 meters away

Kloostertuin

Kloostertuin

C: Wijnbrug

by A. van Die, 120 meters away

Wijnbrug

Wijnbrug

D: Taankade - Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

by A. van Die, 200 meters away

Taankade, hoek Nieuwbrug, Dordrecht

Taankade - Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

E: Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

by A. van Die, 210 meters away

Paintjob at nieuwbrug dordrecht

Nieuwbrug Dordrecht

G: Dordrecht Ophaalbrug

by Chris Koedam, 420 meters away

Dordrecht Ophaalbrug

H: Dordrecht Restaurant

by Chris Koedam, 460 meters away

Dordrecht Restaurant

I: Lange ijzeren brug

by A. van Die, 460 meters away

Lange ijzeren brug

Lange ijzeren brug

J: Stadhuis Dordrecht

by A. van Die, 460 meters away

stadhuis dordrecht

Stadhuis Dordrecht

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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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