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The World > Europe > Spain > Marbella

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Nearby images in Marbella

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A: Cafeverdi Marbella

by wagner philippe, 580 meters away

Cafeverdi Marbella

B: Marbella Sculture. Malaga Spain

by Fran Santiago, 930 meters away

Marbella Sculture. Malaga Spain

D: Plaza De La Victoria De Marbella

by Phillip Roberts, 1.0 km away

Plaza De La Victoria De Marbella

E: Marbella Shopping

by Phillip Roberts, 1.0 km away

Marbella Shopping

F: Orange Square - Ramon

by Jan Koehn, 1.1 km away

Orange Square - Ramon

G: Orange Square Fountain

by Jan Koehn, 1.1 km away

Erected in 1504 and commissioned by the first Mayor of Christian Marbella.

Orange Square Fountain

H: Orange Square - King Juan Carlos

by Jan Koehn, 1.1 km away

Bust of King Juan Carlos I The king of Spain, in bronze, at the very centre of Orange Square. Erected...

Orange Square - King Juan Carlos

I: Plaza de los Naranjos y Ayuntamiento de Marbella

by Luciano Correa | Vista Panoramica, 1.1 km away

In the municipality of Marbella we find two main population centers Marbella and San Pedro Alcántara....

Plaza de los Naranjos y Ayuntamiento de Marbella

J: Lavirginia Marbella

by wagner philippe, 1.3 km away

Lavirginia Marbella

This panorama was taken in Marbella, 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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