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Paalwoningen

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A: Cube Houses

by Gary Quigg, less than 10 meters away

A series of 32 cube-shaped houses designed by Piet Blom and built in 1984. The tilted-cube-on-a-pole ...

Cube Houses

B: Cube Houses Rotterdam

by Viktor Zavrazhnov, 30 meters away

Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The N...

Cube Houses Rotterdam

C: Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 140 meters away

Flying at an altitude of 180ft above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

D: Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 200 meters away

The Rotterdam Blitz refers to the aerial bombardment of Rotterdam by the German Air Force on 14 May 1...

Remembering the bombing of Rotterdam

E: archeology in Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 210 meters away

This scene is all about archeology. Right before the start of the construction of the Rotterdam Marke...

archeology in Rotterdam

F: Markthal Sphere

by Marcel Wagenaar, 230 meters away

Markthal Sphere

G: Rotterdam City Racing

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 350 meters away

Formula one cars and other fast cars racing through the city of Rotterdam during the Bavaria City Rac...

Rotterdam City Racing

H: Willemsbrug Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 360 meters away

This panorama shows the Willemsbrug in Rotterdam, The Netherlands during Sunset.

Willemsbrug Rotterdam

I: Laurenskerk Rotterdam

by Marcel wagenaar, 370 meters away

Laurenskerk, Rotterdam

Laurenskerk Rotterdam

J: Rotterdam - Laurenskerk

by Marco den Herder, 370 meters away

Rotterdam - Laurenskerk

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, 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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