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Patios de Toledo Plaza Amador De Los Rios 4

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A: Patios de Toledo Plaza Amador De Los Rios 2

by soledad-tante-agudo, 10 meters away

Patios de Toledo Plaza Amador De Los Rios 2

B: Roman vaults Nuncio Viejo

by José María Moreno Santiago, 40 meters away

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Roman vaults Nuncio Viejo

C: corner of alfonso X the wise of toledo

by jose-ignacio-teran, 60 meters away

corner of alfonso X the wise of toledo

D: Toledo, Cave of Hercules

by José María Moreno Santiago, 60 meters away

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Toledo, Cave of Hercules

E: Juan mariana square of toledo

by jose-ignacio-teran, 80 meters away

Juan mariana square of toledo

F: Patios de Toledo Calle de las Tendillas, 4

by soledad-tante-agudo, 90 meters away

Patios de Toledo Calle de las Tendillas, 4

G: San Ildefonso

by Armin Leuprecht, 90 meters away

San Ildefonso

H: Iglesia De San Ildefonso Jesuitas Campanario

by soledad-tante-agudo, 90 meters away

Iglesia De San Ildefonso Jesuitas Campanario

I: Iglesia De San Ildefonso Jesuitas Coro

by soledad-tante-agudo, 100 meters away

Iglesia De San Ildefonso Jesuitas Coro

J: toledo from san ildefonso church

by luis davilla, 100 meters away

toledo from san ildefonso church

This panorama was taken in Spain, 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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