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A: Synowcowka

by Janusz Kazimierczak, 7.6 km away

Synowcowka

B: Collegiate church in Tum

by Robert Pipala, 10.7 km away

The Collegiate church of St. Mary and St. Alexius in Tum is a Romanesque church of granite built duri...

Collegiate church in Tum

C: Collegiate church in Tum

by Robert Pipala, 10.7 km away

The Collegiate church of St. Mary and St. Alexius in Tum is a Romanesque church of granite built duri...

Collegiate church in Tum

D: Collegiate church in Tum

by Robert Pipala, 10.7 km away

The Collegiate church of St. Mary and St. Alexius in Tum is a Romanesque church of granite built duri...

Collegiate church in Tum

E: Collegiate church in Tum

by Robert Pipala, 10.7 km away

The Collegiate church of St. Mary and St. Alexius in Tum is a Romanesque church of granite built duri...

Collegiate church in Tum

F: Parski - Park manor house of the nineteenth century.

by Robert Pipala, 14.7 km away

Parski. The historic manor park was established near the mansion of the nineteenth century. The park ...

Parski - Park manor house of the nineteenth century.

G: Parski - manor house of the nineteenth century

by Robert Pipala, 14.8 km away

Parski manor house was built in the year 1809. It is a brick building, one floor, in the developed at...

Parski - manor house of the nineteenth century

H: Gusin - Maria Konopnicka mansion of the nineteenth century

by Robert Pipala, 19.3 km away

Gusin. Mansion built in the first half of the nineteenth century, located in a small park surrounded ...

Gusin - Maria Konopnicka mansion of the nineteenth century

I: Radogoszcz prison - museum

by Wojciech Balczewski, 23.5 km away

Radogoszcz prison - museum

J: Radogoszcz prison - museum

by Wojciech Balczewski, 23.6 km away

Radogoszcz prison - museum

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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