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A: Interior Azca De Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 40 meters away

Interior Azca De Madrid

B: Torre de Picasso , Madrid

by Ricardo Murad, 50 meters away

Torre de Picasso , Madrid

C: Torre de Picasso, Madrid.

by Ricardo Murad, 60 meters away

Torre de Picasso, Madrid.

D: Picasso Tower at night (Madrid, Spain)

by Victorina, 70 meters away

Picasso Tower (in spanish - Torre Picasso) was  built on the Picasso Square in 1988.  It's height is ...

Picasso Tower at night (Madrid, Spain)

E: Stroll of the Castellana of Madrid, Azca center

by jose-ignacio-teran, 140 meters away

Stroll of the Castellana of Madrid, Azca center

F: Corner of the Santiago Bernabeu of Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 240 meters away

Corner of the Santiago Bernabeu of Madrid

G: Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picaso De Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 290 meters away

Plaza Pablo Ruiz Picaso De Madrid

H: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Exteriores

by Juan Luis Redajo, 350 meters away

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Exteriores

Estadio Santiago Bernabeu Exteriores

I: Real Madrid

by Seungsang Yoo(유승상), 360 meters away

Real Madrid

J: Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

by Michael Kolvenbach, 380 meters away

The Estadio Santiago Beranbèu is the home stadium for spanish football club Real Madrid. It is an all...

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

This panorama was taken in Madrid, 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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