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Patio de la amplicación. Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

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A: Museum Reina Sofia square

by jose-ignacio-teran, 140 meters away

Museum Reina Sofia square

B: Queueing up for entry to Reina Sofia

by Armin Leuprecht, 160 meters away

Queueing up for entry to Reina Sofia

C: Estacion De Atocha Exteriores

by jose-ignacio-teran, 220 meters away

Estacion De Atocha Exteriores

D: Estacion Tren Atocha Madrid

by Juan Lamata, 280 meters away

Estacion Tren Atocha Madrid

E: Atocha

by Lorenzo Valles Vila, 300 meters away

Atocha

F: Estacion Atocha

by Serge Maandag, 310 meters away

The Atocha train station opened in 1851 and was the first train station in Madrid. After being destro...

Estacion Atocha

G: Atocha Station Palm House

by Armin Leuprecht, 320 meters away

Atocha Station Palm House

H: Atocha Station Palm house

by Armin Leuprecht, 330 meters away

Atocha Station Palm house

I: Agriculture Ministry building in madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 340 meters away

Agriculture Ministry building in madrid

J: Estacion De Atocha De Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 350 meters away

Estacion De Atocha De Madrid

This panorama was taken in Madrid, 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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