Mari carmen y oroncio Los Cisnes
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Mari carmen y oroncio Los Cisnes

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A: Toledo

by david merchan, less than 10 meters away

Toledo

B: Plaza mayor de Salamanca

by Carlos Ortega, 90 meters away

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Plaza mayor de Salamanca

C: Salamanca - Plaza Mayor

by Carsten Arenz, 90 meters away

The remarkable Plaza Mayor in Salamanca is sometimes entiteled the nicest Plaza Mayor in whole Spain....

Salamanca - Plaza Mayor

D: Plaza Mayor Salamanca

by Alfonso de Ancos, 90 meters away

Plaza Mayor Salamanca

E: Plaza Mayor de Salamanca, Spain

by Querubin Saldana, 90 meters away

Plaza Mayor de Salamanca, Spain

F: Plaza Mayor

by Victor Garcia Valdunciel, 90 meters away

Plaza Mayor

G: Salamanca - Plaza Mayor at Night

by Carsten Arenz, 100 meters away

The remarkable Plaza Mayor in Salamanca is sometimes entiteled the nicest Plaza Mayor in whole Spain....

Salamanca - Plaza Mayor at Night

H: The shell house

by Rafael DeVill, 350 meters away

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The shell house

I: Torre Pontificia

by Julián Ausín, 370 meters away

Torre Pontificia

J: San Esteban

by Rafael DeVill, 470 meters away

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San Esteban

This panorama was taken in 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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