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A: Plastira's Lake

by Kostas Kaltsas, 670 meters away

Sunset at Kalivia Pezoulas, Plastira's Lake

Plastira's Lake

B: Panagia Pelekiti

by Kostas Kaltsas, 6.3 km away

The Monastery of Panagia Pelekiti, near Plastira's Lake

Panagia Pelekiti

C: Plastira's Lake

by Kostas Kaltsas, 7.6 km away

Plastira's Lake, view from observation kiosk

Plastira's Lake

D: Monastery of "Panagia Spiliotisa". The Holy water spring.

by Giorgos Tassios, 18.9 km away

Near by the monastery of "Panagia Spiliotisa". 200 hundred meters south - east of the monastery via a...

Monastery of "Panagia Spiliotisa". The Holy water spring.

E: Spilia Monastery Mountain Argithea

by Giorgos Tassios, 18.9 km away

 The Monastery Spilia is built on a steep and rocky hillside above the gorge of  Pertiliotis river in...

Spilia Monastery Mountain Argithea

F: Spilia Monastery Mountain Argithea

by Giorgos Tassios, 19.0 km away

The Monastery Spilia is built on a steep and rocky hillside above the gorge of  Pertiliotis river in ...

Spilia Monastery Mountain Argithea

G: Puli Gefyri Agios Vissarion Park

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 19.4 km away

Puli Gefyri Agios Vissarion Park

H: Puli Gefyiri Agios Vissarion Black and White Night

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 19.4 km away

Puli Gefyiri Agios Vissarion Black and White Night

I: Puli Gefyri Agios Vissarion on Top

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 19.5 km away

Puli Gefyri Agios Vissarion on Top

J: Puli Gefyri Agios Vissarion Small Waterfall

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 19.5 km away

Puli Gefyri Agios Vissarion Small Waterfall

This panorama was taken in Greece, 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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