Majdanek Mauzoleum
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Majdanek Mauzoleum

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A: Majdanek Nazi concentration camps

by Rafał Kobyliński, 510 meters away

Majdanek Nazi concentration camps

B: Lublin - muzeum na majdanku

by Maciej G. Szling, 1.1 km away

The German concentration camp in Lublin, popularly called Majdanek, was initiated by Heinrich Himmler...

Lublin - muzeum na majdanku

C: Majdanek

by Maciej G. Szling, 1.2 km away

The German concentration camp in Lublin, popularly called Majdanek, was initiated by Heinrich Himmler...

Majdanek

D: Lublin Archikatedra

by krzysztof_ok, 3.9 km away

Lublin Archikatedra

E: Trynitarska Tower and Cathedral

by Andrew Usatyuk, 3.9 km away

Trynitarska Tower and Cathedral

F: Interior of the church of the holy cross

by Jan Mulder, 3.9 km away

See the website of this church for further details. Photo's taken on may 26, 2011.

Interior of the church of the holy cross

G: A corner of main square

by Jan Mulder, 4.0 km away

Photo's taken on may 26, 2011.

A corner of main square

H: Lublin crown tribunal

by Jan Mulder, 4.0 km away

Lublin crown trubunal on the old town main square. Photo's taken on may 26, 2011.

Lublin crown tribunal

I: Old Town Market in Lublin

by Tomasz Szawkalo, 4.0 km away

Market Square in Old Town Lublin in Eastern Poland. In the center of the square building formerly occ...

Old Town Market in Lublin

J: Jagiellonian Fair Lublin, organ-grinder

by PanoArt Kraków, 4.0 km away

Jagiellonian Fair  Lublin, organ-grinder

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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