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Old College | University of Edinburgh

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A: Test Pano - Informatics

by uoe, 260 meters away

Test Panorama of Informatics building

Test Pano - Informatics

B: The Forum (Exterior) | School of Informatics

by Moafaq Jamal, 270 meters away

The Forum (Exterior) | School of Informatics

C: Roof of the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh

by Daniel Oi, 290 meters away

Roof of the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh

D: Edinburgh Central Mosque

by Moafaq Jamal, 290 meters away

King Fahd Mosque in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Central Mosque

E: Roof of the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh

by Daniel Oi, 290 meters away

Roof of the Informatics Forum, Edinburgh

F: St Giles Cathedral Thistle Chapel

by Peter Stark, 300 meters away

The thistle chapel within St Giles cathedral in Edinburgh is a private chapel for members of the orde...

St Giles Cathedral Thistle Chapel

G: Edinburgh Central Mosque | Exterior

by Moafaq Jamal, 310 meters away

Edinburgh Central Mosque | Exterior

H: The Forum | School of Informatics

by Moafaq Jamal, 320 meters away

The Forum | School of Informatics

I: St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh by Katielee Arrowsmith

by Jon Mills, 330 meters away

Located on the famous Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse this magnif...

St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh by Katielee Arrowsmith

J: St. Giles Cathedral

by Scott Knauss, 390 meters away

As the name implies, it is dedicated to St. Giles, who was the patron saint of cripples and lepers an...

St. Giles Cathedral

This panorama was taken in Scotland, 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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