Porceleyne Fles Stairs
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Porceleyne Fles Stairs

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A: Nightwatch in Delft Blue at Porceleyne Fles

by Mark de Graaf, 30 meters away

De Nachtwacht van Rembrandt van Rijn op ware grootte gemaakt in Delfts Blauw door Nico de Graaf en Jo...

Nightwatch in Delft Blue at Porceleyne Fles

B: Delft Scheepsmakerij "under the the blue smoke"

by Mark de Graaf, 540 meters away

Delft Scheepsmakerij "under the the blue smoke"

C: Delft Hooikade by Night "onder de blauwe rook"

by Mark de Graaf, 540 meters away

In Delft, the performing artist, Marco Fulgheri, has made an old chimney make blue smoke. This piece ...

Delft Hooikade by Night "onder de blauwe rook"

D: TU University of Technology Faculty Architecture

by Mark de Graaf, 550 meters away

In Delft there is the  University of Technology (TU) and the Faculty Architecture is one of their 4 d...

TU University of Technology Faculty Architecture

E: University of Technology TU Library inside

by Mark de Graaf, 630 meters away

University of Technology TU Library inside

F: University of Technology Delft Netherlands

by Mark de Graaf, 630 meters away

University of Technology Delft Netherlands

G: Tuin Snow 2010 Spheri 10

by Mark de Graaf, 630 meters away

Tuin Snow 2010 Spheri 10

H: Prinses Irene Tunnel Graffiti Delft

by Mark de Graaf, 670 meters away

Prinses Irene Tunnel Graffiti Delft

I: Delft Army Museum Westvest

by Mark de Graaf, 680 meters away

Delft Army Museum Westvest

J: Delft Prinses Irene (graffiti) Tunnel

by Mark de Graaf, 680 meters away

The Princes Irene Tunnel in Delft is used these days as a graffiti wall, which gives a lot of joy to ...

Delft Prinses Irene (graffiti) Tunnel

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. 

Text by Steve Smith.

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