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A: The Mainland Gate, Nafplion

by Atila Bezdan, 170 meters away

The Mainland Gate, Nafplion

B: Nafplio View from Palamidi Castle North

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 220 meters away

The fortress was a very large and ambitious project, but was finished within a relatively short perio...

Nafplio View from Palamidi Castle North

C: Nafplio view from Palamidi Caste West

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 250 meters away

Palamidi is a military fortress to the east of the Acronauplia in the town of Nafplion in the Pelopon...

Nafplio view from Palamidi Caste West

D: Ancient fountain in Nafplion

by Roberto Scavino, 270 meters away

Ancient fountain in Nafplion

E: Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion

by Atila Bezdan, 290 meters away

Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion

F: Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion

by Atila Bezdan, 300 meters away

Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion

G: Syntagmatos Square, Nafplion

by Atila Bezdan, 320 meters away

Syntagmatos Square, Nafplion

H: Nafplion, Syntagma square

by Roberto Scavino, 320 meters away

Nafplion, Syntagma square

I: Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion

by Atila Bezdan, 330 meters away

Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion

J: Nafplio Syntagma Square

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 330 meters away

Nafplio Syntagma Square

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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