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A: Firefighters' Watchtower - Braganca

by Manuel Teles, 670 meters away

View from the top of the Firefighters' Watchtower - Braganca

Firefighters' Watchtower - Braganca

B: Bragança, view from the teathre roof

by Manuel Teles, 690 meters away

Bragança, view from the teathre roof

Bragança, view from the teathre roof

C: Coreios

by João Carvalho, 700 meters away


D: Braganca Teathre - Foyer

by Manuel Teles, 710 meters away

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Braganca Teathre - Foyer

E: Cavaleiro Ferreira Square

by Manuel Teles, 710 meters away

Cavaleiro Ferreira Square

F: Braganca cathedral

by Manuel Teles, 840 meters away

Braganca cathedral

G: Braganca new cathedral by Christmas

by Manuel Teles, 840 meters away

Braganca new cathedral by Christmas

H: Gm Sala 1 Panorama 04 Direito

by Manuel Teles, 860 meters away

Gm Sala 1 Panorama 04 Direito

I: Pedro Calapez

by Manuel Teles, 870 meters away

Pedro Calapez

J: Alberto Carneiro

by Manuel Teles, 870 meters away

Alberto Carneiro

This panorama was taken in Portugal, 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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