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A: Nowy Dwor Castle

by Zero Jeden, 3.3 km away

Nowy Dwor Castle ruins

Nowy Dwor Castle

B: Carriage house, ruins

by MoUzEs- Maciej J. Lorek, 8.0 km away

Carriage house, ruins

C: Rogowiec Castle

by Zero Jeden, 8.1 km away

Ruins of Rogowiec Castle in Sudety Mountains, june 2007

Rogowiec Castle

D: Rogowiec Castle ruins

by Zero Jeden, 8.1 km away

Ruins of Rogowiec Castle in Sudety Mountains, june 2007

Rogowiec Castle ruins

E: Stary Ksiaz - Castle

by Zero Jeden, 8.1 km away

Stary Ksiaz - Castle (Alt Furstenstein) At the turn of the 13th century, on the site of a stronghold ...

Stary Ksiaz - Castle

F: Stary Ksiaz - Castle

by Zero Jeden, 8.1 km away

Stary Ksiaz - Castle (Alt Furstenstein) At the turn of the 13th century, on the site of a stronghold ...

Stary Ksiaz - Castle

G: On the Mount Dzikowiec758m

by Dariusz GORAL, 8.1 km away

On the Mount Dzikowiec758m

H: Grodno castle, on the cannon

by MoUzEs- Maciej J. Lorek, 8.1 km away

Grodno castle, on the cannon

I: Grodno Castle in Zagorze Slaskie

by Zero Jeden, 8.2 km away

Grodno Castle in Zagorze Slaskie

Grodno Castle in Zagorze Slaskie

J: Grodno Castle in Zagorze Slaskie

by Zero Jeden, 8.2 km away

Grodno Castle in Zagorze Slaskie

Grodno Castle in Zagorze Slaskie

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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