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A: Patios de Toledo Centro De Cultura San Clemente

by soledad-tante-agudo, 10 meters away

Patios de Toledo Centro De Cultura San Clemente

B: Antigua ubicacion de la Bola del Miradero

by soledad-tante-agudo, 70 meters away

Antigua ubicacion de la Bola del Miradero

C: Antigua ubicacion de la Bola del Miradero_1

by soledad-tante-agudo, 80 meters away

Antigua ubicacion de la Bola del Miradero_1

D: Toledo_Plaza de Zocodover

by soledad-tante-agudo, 140 meters away

Toledo_Plaza de Zocodover

E: Plaza De Zocodover De Noche

by soledad-tante-agudo, 150 meters away

Plaza De Zocodover De Noche

G: Teteria Cristo De La Luz Antigua Casa Del Corregidor

by soledad-tante-agudo, 190 meters away

Teteria Cristo De La Luz Antigua Casa Del Corregidor

H: Ermita Cristo De La Luz

by soledad-tante-agudo, 190 meters away

Ermita Cristo De La Luz

I: Mezquita Cristo De La Luz

by José María Moreno Santiago, 200 meters away

Mezquita Cristo De La Luz

J: cristo de la luz mosque in toledo

by luis davilla, 200 meters away

cristo de la luz mosque in toledo

This panorama was taken in Spain, 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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