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Palm Sunday. Sveti Sedmochislenitsi Church

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A: Slaveikov Sq.

by Dimitar Torbov, 370 meters away

Slaveikov Sq.

B: Sofia Park 02

by George Atanasov, 440 meters away

Sofia Park 02

C: Angel Kanchev Str.

by Dimitar Torbov, 440 meters away

Angel Kanchev Str.

D: Playing kids sculpture

by Dimitar Torbov, 460 meters away

Playing kids sculpture

E: Bulgaria, Sofia, City Park, Ivan Vazov Theatre

by Thomas Blanket, 490 meters away

Bulgaria, Sofia, City Park, Ivan Vazov Theatre

F: Concert In Sofia Art Gallery

by George Atanasov, 530 meters away

Concert In Sofia Art Gallery

G: National Theatre Fountain

by Dimitar Torbov, 540 meters away

National Theatre Fountain

I: Soviet army monument with pop art facelift

by Dimitar Torbov, 580 meters away

Soviet Army Monument in Sofia gets superhero makeover with Superman, Captain America, The Joker And S...

Soviet army monument with pop art facelift

J: Glory to Ukraine from Bulgaria

by Dimitar Torbov, 590 meters away

Young bulgarian communists cleaning the soviet occupation monument.

Glory to Ukraine from Bulgaria

This panorama was taken in Sofia, 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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