Interior of the Fátima Shrine in Ourense, Galicia, Spain
Interior of the Fátima Shrine in Ourense, Galicia, NW of Spain.
Designed by the architect Manuel Conde Fidalgo, the foundation stone was laid in january 1947, and the temple was inaugurated in May 13th, 1962.
The Avilés de Taramancos Park, besides the Barbaña River and close to the Ervedelo Bridge, in the cit...
The city of Ourense, as seen from the top of the Milenio Bridge, over the Miño River, in Galicia, NW ...
The Barbaña Park, in the city of Ourense. Looking west, you can see the "Fervenza das poetas" (The Po...
The Ponte Vella (Old Bridge), over the Miño River, in Ourense, Galicia, Spain Also known as Ponte Rom...
The Milenio Bridge over the River Miño in Ourense, Galicia, Spain.Inaugurated in 2001, it was designe...
The lobby of the Marist College "Santa María", placed in the city of Ourense, in Galicia, Northwest o...
probando una pértiga de 3 metros artesanal.
The "Carrileiros de Foula" Railway Park in the city of Ourense in Galicia (NW of Spain), has a 5 inch...
Jardines botánicos del Posío.Ourense.
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.