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Astyplaia is one on the most beautiful cyclades islands. According to Greek mythology, Astypalaia and Europe were the daughters of Finikos and Perimidis.From the union of Astypalaia and Poseidon, god of the water, the Argonaut, Agaeos was born and so was first settled by the Kares who named her "Pyra" for the red colour of her soil. Because of her many fragrant flowers and her fruit, the Ancient Greek called her "the Gods Bank".

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A: Plakes-beach-Astypalaia-Cyclades-Greece-Αστυπάλαια

by Georgios Kosmas, 60 meters away

Astyplaia is one on the most beautiful cyclades islands. According to Greek mythology, Astypalaia and...

Plakes-beach-Astypalaia-Cyclades-Greece-Αστυπάλαια

B: castle-of-Astypalaia-Cyclades-Greece-κάστρο-Αστυπάλαιας

by Georgios Kosmas, 3.8 km away

Astyplaia is one on the most beautiful cyclades islands. The main attraction is the castle of Astropa...

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C: Levitha

by giorgio mosterts, 48.3 km away

Levitha

D: Levitha Cyclades Greece

by giorgio mosterts, 48.4 km away

Levitha Cyclades Greece

E: Panagia Chozoviotissa monastery - Amorgos - Cyclades - Greece

by Georgios Kosmas, 50.6 km away

The Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa is located on a steep cliff, 300 m. above sea level,...

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F: Amorgos Cyclades Greece

by Georgios Kosmas, 51.0 km away

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G: South of the Kos island

by Vasily Rudnikov, 54.4 km away

From this viewpoint you can see:- the villages of Kefalos and Kamari - the Kamari Bay - biggest windf...

South of the Kos island

H: Kefalos, Kos island

by Papagrigoriou Athanasios Soulis, 55.6 km away

so here we are, from the small town of Kefalos at Kos Island, you can also see down the harbour of Ka...

Kefalos, Kos island

I: Kefalos Kos Island

by Papagrigoriou Athanasios Soulis, 55.6 km away

this is a small town of Kefalos, Kos island, in the other side of the island. with a beautiful point ...

Kefalos Kos Island

J: Kamari harbour

by Papagrigoriou Athanasios Soulis, 56.0 km away

this is the little harbour of Kamari, Kos island. you can see it very well from up at Kefalos town. v...

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This panorama was taken in Greece, 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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