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Skotino Village Pedestrian Alley - Gouves

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Skotino village is a small village with a long tradition. The remarkable part of the area that has history and culture yet is the Cave of Agia Paraskevi dark. Near the village dark and at an altitude of 220 meters. the cave of Agia Paraskevi. As the Labyrinth of Gortyn, so the Dark, was associated with the Minoan Labyrinth.

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A: St. Nikolaos Skotino Village - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, less than 10 meters away

Skotino village is a small village with a long tradition. The remarkable part of the area that has hi...

St. Nikolaos Skotino Village - Gouves

B: Agia Paraskevi Cave in Skotino Village - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 1.2 km away

 The Skotino cave is one of the largest and more impressive caves among the many caves found in Crete...

Agia Paraskevi Cave in Skotino Village - Gouves

C: St. Paraskevi Church Skotino Village - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 1.2 km away

Skotino village is a small village with a long tradition. The remarkable part of the area that has hi...

St. Paraskevi Church Skotino Village - Gouves

D: Monastery of Kyra Eleoussa Skotino Village - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 1.4 km away

Skotino village is a small village with a long tradition. The remarkable part of the area that has hi...

Monastery of Kyra Eleoussa Skotino Village - Gouves

E: St. Nikolaos Church Haraso Village - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 3.0 km away

The location of Haraso Village is carved on a hill overlooking the surrounding neighborhood in the so...

St. Nikolaos Church Haraso Village - Gouves

F: St. Nikolaos Church Haraso Village - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 3.0 km away

Haraso Village is on a hill overlooking the surrounding neighborhood in the southern ends of the vall...

St. Nikolaos Church Haraso Village - Gouves

G: Haraso Village Pedestrian Alley - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 3.1 km away

Haraso Village is on a hill overlooking the surrounding neighborhood in the southern ends of the vall...

Haraso Village Pedestrian Alley - Gouves

H: Viewpoint of Haraso Village Old Mills - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 3.5 km away

Haraso Village is on a hill overlooking the surrounding neighborhood in the southern ends of the vall...

Viewpoint of Haraso Village Old Mills - Gouves

I: Prophet Ilias Chapel Anopoli Village - Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 4.0 km away

Small single-nave vaulted stone church built on the hill has great views and cistern in the courtyard...

Prophet Ilias Chapel Anopoli Village - Gouves

J: Gouves Beach at Gouves

by Hersonissos Municipality in Crete, 4.0 km away

Gouves Village is located 18km east of Heraklion and next to Gournes. Gouves is a large area, which i...

Gouves Beach at Gouves

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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".

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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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