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A peek view on the ENCI Maastrichtian limestone quarry in the St Pietersberg near Maastricht

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A: Fort St Pieter 1701-1702 Maastricht

by Hans Zijlstra, 570 meters away

Day with Sjir starts with visit of the fort of St Pieter at Maastricht.

Fort St Pieter 1701-1702 Maastricht

B: Netherlands: Streets in the Jekerwartier, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 1.8 km away

From times immemorial, the leather industry was concentrated in the Jekerwartier. Just as the other i...

Netherlands: Streets in the Jekerwartier, Maastricht

C: hells gate maastricht

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 1.9 km away

hells gate maastricht

hells gate maastricht

D: Netherlands: The Helpoort ("Hell's Gate"), Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 1.9 km away

Helpoort, or Hell's Gate, is the oldest city gate in the country. It got its name due to the fact tha...

Netherlands: The Helpoort ("Hell's Gate"), Maastricht

E: Netherlands: Water Mill Bisschopsmolen, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 1.9 km away

The Bisschopsmolen is a 17th century corn mill located on Stenenbrug in the city of Maastricht. The e...

Netherlands: Water Mill Bisschopsmolen, Maastricht

F: Netherlands: Inside the Bisschopsmolen, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 1.9 km away

The Bisschopsmolen is a 17th century corn mill located on Stenenbrug in the city of Maastricht. The e...

Netherlands: Inside the Bisschopsmolen, Maastricht

G: Netherlands - Onze-Lieve-Vrouwewal, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 1.9 km away

The Onze Lieve Vrouwewal along the river Maas is part of the first fortifications of Maastricht. This...

Netherlands - Onze-Lieve-Vrouwewal, Maastricht

H: Maastricht Vrijthof Servatius

by Hans Zijlstra, 2.0 km away

At the council of Sardica (343 AC) Sarbatius (Servatius) respresented the holy trinity view of wester...

Maastricht Vrijthof Servatius

I: Basilica Saint Servatius and st Johns church in Maastricht, Holland

by René van Gageldonk, 2.0 km away

On the left you see the basilica of saint Servatius, on the right the Saint Johns church. Maastricht ...

Basilica Saint Servatius and st Johns church in Maastricht, Holland

J: Netherlands: Basilica of Saint Servaas and Saint Janskerk fromt the Hendrik van Veldeke Square, Maastricht

by Steve Vogel, 2.0 km away

Southeast of the Vrijthof, set in gardens in the Henric van Veldekeplein, is a statue (by Charles Vos...

Netherlands: Basilica of Saint Servaas and Saint Janskerk fromt the Hendrik van Veldeke Square, Maastricht

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, 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. 

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