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Liszków (Liskiava), is a small town on the Neman River, between Druskininkai (Druskiennikai) and Wiesieje (Wiesiejai). There is a beautiful post-monastic team. In 1694 the Dominicans brought Liszkow of Sejny, for which in the eighteenth on the high bank of the river Niemen baroque buildings were erected. Church of the Holy Trinity was built in the years 1704 to 1741. It is a monumental building on a Greek cross. In the center is high, octagonal nave covered with a huge dome with a lantern, adhere to the arms of the transept and semicircular, with two closed presbytery. Noteworthy is very valuable interior of the church, the pulpit and 7 rococo altars made of wood, stucco and plaster, are considered the most beautiful in Lithuania. The building of the monastery is a two-storey building, built on a rectangular plan. Dominicans served a little more than 100 years. Because after 3 partition of Polish, left bank of the Neman River belonged to Prussia, in 1796, the Prussian authorities ordered the closure of the monastery. The building of the monastery served for some time as a place of retreat for priests. After the 2nd World War functioned school there. Today the building is restored and maintained for cultural purposes.
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.