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Panoramic photo by zeljko soletic EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 00:11, 05/07/2013 - Views loading...

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Marin Držić

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A: Procession along Dubrovnik streets on Good Friday 2014.

by zeljko soletic, less than 10 meters away

Procession along Dubrovnik streets on Good Friday 2014.

B: Dubrovnik - Old Town Street at Night

by Carsten Arenz, less than 10 meters away

Dubrovnik is a town in Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. Although there are new and modern parts of Dubrov...

Dubrovnik - Old Town Street at Night

C: Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik - first room on first floor

by zeljko soletic, 10 meters away

The Rectors Palace is a Gothic-Renaissance structure that displays finely carved capitals and an orna...

Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik - first room on first floor

F: Rector Palace

by zeljko soletic, 20 meters away

Rector Palace

H: Entrance to the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik

by zeljko soletic, 20 meters away

The Rectors Palace is a Gothic-Renaissance style building that displays finely carved capitals and an...

Entrance to the Rector's Palace in Dubrovnik

I: Dubrovnik pred dvorom

by Saša Stojanović, 20 meters away

The patron saint of the city is Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise), whose statues are seen around the city. H...

Dubrovnik pred dvorom

J: Rectors Palace first floor second room

by zeljko soletic, 20 meters away

The Rectors Palace is a Gothic-Renaissance structure that displays finely carved capitals and an orna...

Rectors Palace first floor second room

This panorama was taken in Croatia, 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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