Patra Sunset
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Patra Sunset

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Sunset over rocks in Patra

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A: Square near port at Patras

by Charilaos Kalogirou, 1.7 km away

Square near port at Patras

B: Stairs at Agiou Nikolaou Street - Night

by Charilaos Kalogirou, 2.1 km away

Stairs at Agiou Nikolaou Street - Night

C: Top of Stairs at Agiou Nikolaou - Patras

by Charilaos Kalogirou, 2.1 km away

Top of Stairs at Agiou Nikolaou - Patras

D: Saint Andrew Church - Patras

by Marcos Foundoukas, 2.5 km away

The largest church of Greece and also from the BalKans is the Holy Church of Saint Andrew, patron of ...

Saint Andrew Church - Patras

E: Sun Hiding

by Christo Bino, 2.5 km away

Sun Hiding

F: Church of Saint Andrew inside - Patras

by Marcos Foundoukas, 2.5 km away

The largest church of Greece but also from the BalKans is the Holy Church of Saint Andrew, patron of ...

Church of Saint Andrew inside - Patras

G: Rio - Antirio Bridge

by Marcos Foundoukas, 6.6 km away

Officially named Charilaos Trikoupis (Greek Prime Minister that first suggest the construction of the...

Rio - Antirio Bridge

H: Rio - Antirio Bridge

by Christo Bino, 7.8 km away

Under Rio bridge

Rio - Antirio Bridge

I: Achaia Clauss

by Christo Bino, 8.0 km away

Achaia Clauss

J: On clouds..

by Christo Bino, 9.6 km away

Over Panaxaikos mountain at 2700m high.

On clouds..

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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.

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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. 

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