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Nearby images in Greece


A: Monodendri Square Zagoria Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 10 meters away

Monodendri Square Zagoria Greece

B: People in stone Exhibition

by Costas Vassis, 10 meters away

Photography exhibition "people in stone" by Andre Bakker that took place as a part of "Photometria ph...

People in stone Exhibition

C: Monodendri Agios Athanasios Church Zagoria Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 50 meters away

Monodendri Agios Athanasios Church Zagoria Greece

D: Rizareio Exhibition Center

by Costas Vassis, 110 meters away

The Rizareio Exhibition Center located in the village of Monodendri and created by the Rizareio Found...

Rizareio Exhibition Center

E: Agia Paraskeui Vikos Gorge

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 580 meters away

The monastery of Agia Paraskeui is located near Monodendri and it dates from the 15th century.        

Agia Paraskeui Vikos Gorge

F: Agia Paraskevi, Vikos Gorge view

by Kostas Kaltsas, 670 meters away

Agia Paraskevi, Vikos Gorge view

G: Vikos Gorge

by Kostas Kaltsas, 930 meters away

Vikos gorge, the view from the path

Vikos Gorge

This panorama was taken in Greece, 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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