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Mg 7898 Panorama

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A: Mg 8053 Panorama 1

by Ian.R Cartwright: Institute of Archaeology Oxford, less than 10 meters away

Mg 8053 Panorama 1

B: Mg 7983 Panorama

by Ian.R Cartwright: Institute of Archaeology Oxford, less than 10 meters away

Mg 7983 Panorama

C: Oxford - rooftop view

by Bernd Kronmueller, 220 meters away

You can get up the tower of St Michael church at the North Gate and you have a pretty nice roof top v...

Oxford - rooftop view

D: Balliol college chapel

by Bernd Kronmueller, 260 meters away

Most colleges in Oxford have their own library and also their own chapel. This is the interior of the...

Balliol college chapel

E: Oxford Covered Market

by Bob Stapleton, 390 meters away

I went to the Oxford Covered Market yesterday and took a couple of shots, this was one of my favorite...

Oxford Covered Market

F: Inside the Sheldonia theatre, Oxford

by Bernd Kronmueller, 420 meters away

Inside the Sheldonia theatre, Oxford

G: Oxford view from the cupola of the Sheldonian

by Bernd Kronmueller, 420 meters away

Well, just as the title says. The Sheldonia theatre has one of those small cupolas at the top which i...

Oxford view from the cupola of the Sheldonian

H: Old prison hotel, Oxford

by Bernd Kronmueller, 420 meters away

The old jail in Oxford has been converted to quite a luxurious hotel. I the main hallways you still g...

Old prison hotel, Oxford

I: Sheldonian theatre, Oxford

by Bernd Kronmueller, 430 meters away

The Sheldonian Theatre was erected in 1664-8 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren and is considered as...

Sheldonian theatre, Oxford

J: Divinity school of the Bodleian library

by Bernd Kronmueller, 440 meters away

The Divinity School was built in 1488 for the teaching of theology. With its elaborately vaulted ceil...

Divinity school of the Bodleian library

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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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