Kaliningrad (former Königsberg) Калининградский Кафедральный собор - Kaliningrad Cathedral.2012.
Grave of German philosopher Immanuil Kant. The gravestone is built in 1921 according to the project of the architect Lars. It is protected as a monument of world heritage. Могила немецкого философа Иммануила Канта. Надгробие сооружено в 1921 году по проекту архитектора Ларса. Охраняется как памятник мирового наследия. View from South side. Вид с южной стороны. Das Grab deutschen Philosophen Immanuil der Kant. Der Grabstein ist in 1921 nach dem Projekt Architekten Lars errichtet. Wird wie das Denkmal des weltweiten Erbes beschützt.
Konigsberg Cathedral (German: Konigsberger Dom) is a Brick Gothic style building in Kaliningrad (form...
Königsberg Cathedral (German: Königsberger Dom) is a Brick Gothic style building in Kaliningrad (form...
St. Nicholas Kathedrale, Kaliningrad (früher Königsberg)
Grave of German philosopher Immanuil Kant. The gravestone is built in 1921 according to the project o...
View from the building of "House of Soviets", construction beginning in the seventies. On this place ...
Church Kreuzkirche was built between 1930 and 1933 by Arthur Kickton. Now is a lot of apartment house...
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.