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A:

by Роман Осташ, 20 meters away

B: Grave of king Danylo Halytsky

by Denny A. Ovchar, 610 meters away

Grave of king Danylo Halytsky

C: The memorial sign "The sword and plow" in Krylos

by Denny A. Ovchar, 830 meters away

The memorial sign "The sword and plow" in Krylos

D: Halych. Monument to King Danylo Halytsky

by Denny A. Ovchar, 4.5 km away

Halych. Monument to King Danylo Halytsky

E: The bell tower of the church of the Nativity

by Denny A. Ovchar, 4.5 km away

The bell tower of the church of the Nativity

F: St. Panteleimon church

by Vsevolod Bazhaluk, 4.6 km away

St. Panteleimon church

G: Vlodko Gryvinskyi

by Vsevolod Bazhaluk, 4.6 km away

Vlodko Gryvinskyi

H: Shevchenkove. Church of St. Panteleimon

by Denny A. Ovchar, 5.0 km away

Oldest and only surviving temples of Galicia-Volyn principality. 1194 year

Shevchenkove. Church of St. Panteleimon

I:

by Роман Осташ, 15.2 km away

J: school 18

by Vasyl Boklaschuk, 15.9 km away

school 18

This panorama was taken in Ukraine, 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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