Krusedol Monastery is located on the slopes of Fruska Gora hill, near the town Irig. Monastery was founded by Maxim Brankovic. He built the monastery with his mother Angelina in the 16th century. The monastery was destroyed several times in history, the largest was in 1716. when the Turks burned the monastery together with the relics Brankovic. Renewal of the monastery began in 1722. and lasted until the 18th century. Then the monastery got it’s present Baroque appearance.
Particularly interesting is the bell tower which was built in the 1726. and is not connected with the...
Iconostasis is one of the treasures of the monastery. It consists of 36 icons made from different per...
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.