Ivanjica - Passage behind Ivanjicanka
Ivanjičanka ('The Woman from Ivanjica') is an apartment building with the red brick facade situated in the southern corner of the town, next to the cultural centre.
Most of the currently active political parties have their local headquarters in this building. There ...
An entrance to an apartment building
Two apartment buildings (one of which is 'Ivanjičanka') and the right side of Ivanjica's Cultural Cen...
A wet evening on the square. To the NW there is an apartment bulding called 'Ivanjičanka', meanint 't...
The square in front of Ivanjica's cultural centre on a sunny day in July
This street, with its tastefully decorated flower gardens is arguably one of the most beautiful stree...
The main entrance to the former 'Golija' rest home, which has been returned to its original use, i. e...
Ivanjica cultural centre, along with the square, was built in the 1980s. It was officially opened in ...
The basketball court in the park on a winter evening
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.