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Spreuer Bridge

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Spreuer bridge in Lucerne, constructed in 1408, it is the oldest covered bridge

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A: Switzerland Lucerne Spreuerbruecke Muehleplatz

by Markus Kaeppeli, less than 10 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Spreuerbruecke Muehleplatz

B: Switzerland Lucerne Muehleplatz Wehr

by Markus Kaeppeli, 50 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Muehleplatz Wehr

C: Switzerland Lucerne Naturmuseum

by Markus Kaeppeli, 110 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Naturmuseum

D: Reuss Bridge

by Willy Kaemena, 140 meters away

Lucerne Switzerland - Reuss Bridge

Reuss Bridge

E: Reuss Bridge

by Markus Matern, 140 meters away

Reuss Bridge

F: Switzerland Lucerne Reussbruecke

by Markus Kaeppeli, 150 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Reussbruecke

G: Switzerland Lucerne Parkhaus Altstadt Steg

by Markus Kaeppeli, 170 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Parkhaus Altstadt Steg

H: Switzerland Lucerne Jesuitenplatz Brunnen

by Markus Kaeppeli, 220 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Jesuitenplatz Brunnen

I: Luzern

by Martin Gygax, 230 meters away

Luzern

J: Switzerland Lucerne Jesuitenkirche

by Markus Kaeppeli, 240 meters away

Switzerland Lucerne Jesuitenkirche

This panorama was taken in Switzerland, 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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