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Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: first floor of main space

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The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a designhotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the building was used as a monastery, for storage of ammunition, and as a backery for the army.

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A: Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: restaurant

by René van Gageldonk, less than 10 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a designhotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bui...

Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: restaurant

B: Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht,Holland:: side entrance

by René van Gageldonk, less than 10 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a designhotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bui...

Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht,Holland:: side entrance

C: kruisherenhotel, a designhotel in the centre of Maastricht: the bar

by René van Gageldonk, less than 10 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a design-hotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bu...

kruisherenhotel, a designhotel in the centre of Maastricht: the bar

D: Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: restaurant2

by René van Gageldonk, less than 10 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a design-hotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bu...

Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: restaurant2

E: Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht,Holland: side entrance2

by René van Gageldonk, less than 10 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a design-hotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bu...

Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht,Holland: side entrance2

F: Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: the main entrance

by René van Gageldonk, 10 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a design-hotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bu...

Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: the main entrance

G: Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: Lobby

by René van Gageldonk, 20 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a designhotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bui...

Kruisherenhotel, A designhotel in the centre of Maastricht:: Lobby

H: Kruisherenhotel, central court.

by René van Gageldonk, 30 meters away

The Kruisherenhotel in Maastricht is a design-hotel that opened its doors in 2005. Before that the bu...

Kruisherenhotel, central court.

I: Netherlands: Corridor in the Saint Servaas Basilica, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 220 meters away

From the Keizer Karelplein (Charlemagne Square) you enter the northern portal into the Saint Servaas ...

Netherlands: Corridor in the Saint Servaas Basilica, Maastricht

J: in front of st Servaas

by René van Gageldonk, 230 meters away

The square at night in front of the st Servaas basilica in Maastricht

in front of st Servaas

This panorama was taken in Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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