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Nearby images in Ireland


A: Kells Round Tower - Kells, County Meath

by Larry Beasley, 6.8 km away

The tower is located on the grounds of St Columba's church and was built in the 10th century as part ...

Kells Round Tower - Kells, County Meath

B: Loughcrew Cairns

by Gerard Healy, 15.7 km away

Reputed to be one of the oldest cemeteries in the world. The largest of the three Cairns has a Autumn...

Loughcrew Cairns

C: Meath vs. Kildare All-Ireland SFC Qualifier

by Florian Knorn, 19.9 km away

Meath playing Kildare in the 2011 SFC Qualifier in Pairc Tailteann, Navan.

Meath vs. Kildare All-Ireland SFC Qualifier

D: Slane00781 Panorama

by Gerard Healy, 23.9 km away

Slane00781 Panorama

E: Hill of Slane

by Gerard Healy, 23.9 km away

Hill of Slane

F: Trim Castle - Solar

by Wojciech Fuchs, 26.8 km away

Medival remains of the big defensive tower turned into a solar in the early fourteenth century. Locat...

Trim Castle - Solar

G: Inside Trim Castle

by Florian Knorn, 26.9 km away

A HDR panorama inside the magnificent and nicely "restored" Trim Castle. They shot movies of the like...

Inside Trim Castle

H: Trim Castle - Inside Main Hall - Ireland

by Rubens Cardia, 26.9 km away

The Trim Castle is the remains of the largest Anglo-Norman castle of Ireland and was build between 11...

Trim Castle - Inside Main Hall - Ireland

I: Trim Castle - River Gate

by Wojciech Fuchs, 26.9 km away

River Gate is a part of early fourteenth century great hall was made in the curtain wall to the east ...

Trim Castle - River Gate

J: Trim Castle - The Keep

by Wojciech Fuchs, 26.9 km away

The central three-story building, called a keep, donjon or great tower, is unique in its design, bein...

Trim Castle - The Keep

This panorama was taken in Ireland, Europe

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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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