Monemvasia Peak Agia Sofia East
The Temple of Agia Sofia east side
have a look at the west side as well
The Temple has actualy two names. The one is that of Agia Sofia and the other is of Panagia Hodegetri...
On Top of Monemvasia is the temple of Agia Sofia which was build in the 13th century. It is today one...
The old town square is today a place one can gaze at the Mytroo Pelagos, which is at the east of Mone...
The stone paved trail of Monemvasia is full of arches like this one making it a beautifull trail to w...
Following the old trail to reach the top of the old town of Monemvasia
Crossroad or better crossalley at Monemvasia. Every corner of this place has magic built into it and ...
The almost fairy like night walk of Monemvasia leeds you from alley to alley with a surprise waiting ...
Walking in the alleys of Monemvasia at night is like time traveling in a different era. Here one can ...
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.