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Минск, Национальная библиотека, музей книги

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A: National Library of Belarus

by PaVeL Bobkov, 50 meters away

The building is a rombokubooktaedr height 73.6 m (23 floors) and weighing 115,000 tons (not counting ...

National Library of Belarus

B: 2013 08 07 152139 Minsk Library Mnogopoint

by Aleksandr Reznik, 80 meters away

2013 08 07 152139 Minsk Library Mnogopoint

D: Ночь у Национальной Библиотеки

by Yarmalovich Alexandr, 240 meters away

Ночь у Национальной Библиотеки

E: Library at night

by Maksim Sarychau, 350 meters away

Library at night

G: Autumn park

by Maksim Sarychau, 790 meters away

Park in Minsk on Filimonova street. Just beautiful sun and autumn. There are a lot of dogs :) Was mad...

Autumn park

H: Minsk. Filimonova park

by Maksim Sarychau, 830 meters away

Sunset in one of the Minsk's parks on Filimonova street. Was taken in one of the sunny days during lo...

Minsk. Filimonova park

I: Tries

by Maksim Sarychau, 830 meters away

Tries

J: Park in Minsk

by Maksim Sarychau, 840 meters away

Park in Minsk

This panorama was taken in Minsk, 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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