Olympia. The stadium
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Olympia. The stadium

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A: Olympia - stadium

by Ruediger Kottmann, 20 meters away

Olympia - stadium

B: Olympia - entrance to the stadium

by Ruediger Kottmann, 80 meters away

Olympia - entrance to the stadium

C: Olympia - petrified forest of columns

by Ruediger Kottmann, 150 meters away

Olympia - petrified forest of columns

D: Greece Landscape

by Jonas Boenhoff, 8.5 km away

Greece Landscape

E: Greece Beach

by Jonas Boenhoff, 12.9 km away

Greece Beach

F: Pyrgo City

by Marcos Foundoukas, 17.5 km away

Pyrgos is the capital of the State of Ilia in Greece. It is named after a local tower. The city is lo...

Pyrgo City

G: Pyrgo City Ilias

by Marcos Foundoukas, 17.5 km away

Pyrgos is the capital of the State of Ilia in Greece. It is named after a local tower. The city is lo...

Pyrgo City Ilias

H: Pyrgo City and the church of Saint Kiriaki

by Marcos Foundoukas, 17.7 km away

The church of Saint Kiriaki with its amazing colour dark red, rare in Greece neogotthika arches of wi...

Pyrgo City and the church of Saint Kiriaki

I: Field

by Kevin Panagiotopoulos, 17.7 km away

Field

J: Amaliada Mountain view

by Marcos Foundoukas, 27.0 km away

View of the city of Amaliada and Zakinthos Island

Amaliada Mountain view

This panorama was taken in Greece, 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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