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Independence Place

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A: Bednarskiego Park

by Andrzej Cież, 130 meters away

Bednarskiego Park

B: Podgorski market place

by Andrzej Cież, 170 meters away

Podgorski market place

C: Pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the river Wisla

by Jan Mulder, 350 meters away

Extension of Mostova street in Kazimierz, Krakow. Photo's taken on March 6, 2012.

Pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the river Wisla

D: Lasoty Place

by Andrzej Cież, 390 meters away

Lasoty Place

E: 111

by michal misiek, 460 meters away

111

F: Bozego Ciala Church

by Karol Kwiatek, 530 meters away

The imposing three-nave church was erected in the 14th century. Its impressive interior is a mixture ...

Bozego Ciala Church

G: Placwolnica

by Andrzej Cież, 630 meters away

Placwolnica

H: Polska, Kraków, Plac Wolnica

by Thomas Blanket, 640 meters away

Polska, Kraków, Plac Wolnica

I: City Engineering Museum of Krakow

by Jan Mulder, 660 meters away

See the website of this museum. Photo's taken on March 6, 2012.

City Engineering Museum of Krakow

J: Cracow seen from the terrace

by PanoArt Kraków, 690 meters away

Cracow seen from the terrace

This panorama was taken in Krakow, 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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