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La Zuriola Beach is the main Beach for Surfing in San Sebastián. From here you can see the Kursaal, it is the main Convention Centre of San Sebastián.  

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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: before the concert

by Florian Bertzbach, 60 meters away

Heinecken Jazzfestival at Donostia San Sebastian, Spain July 2012 at the beach: waiting for the first...

before the concert

B: Img 295565

by josu barandiaran, 170 meters away

Img 295565

C: The Concert 1

by Florian Bertzbach, 170 meters away

The first concert during the 47th heinekenjazzaldia at the beach: Sharan Jones & the dap-kings gi...

The Concert 1

D: Auditorio

by mikelmgm, 180 meters away

Auditorio Kursaal donde se celebra la 58º edición del prestigioso y conocido festival internacional d...

Auditorio

E: Donostia - San Sebastian - Kursaal Congress Hall

by JC Santamaria, 180 meters away

Donostia - San Sebastian - Kursaal Congress Hall

Donostia - San Sebastian - Kursaal Congress Hall

F: Auditorio Kursaal

by mikelmgm, 190 meters away

Auditorio Kursaal

G: auditorio kurssal

by mikelmgm, 200 meters away

auditorio kurssal

H: TAMBORRADA ITXASGAIN

by mikelmgm, 300 meters away

TAMBORRADA ITXASGAIN

I: PASEO SALAMANCA

by mikelmgm, 310 meters away

PASEO SALAMANCA

J: PASEO SALAMANCA & AUDITORIO KURSSAL

by mikelmgm, 310 meters away

PASEO SALAMANCA & AUDITORIO KURSSAL

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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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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