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Port of Syros

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A: Townhall of Syros

by Alexandros Krasokeras, 270 meters away

Townhall of Syros

B: Poseidonia Island - Greece

by Pawel-Piotr-Jakubowscy, 7.6 km away

Poseidonia Island - Greece

C: cyclades island - Poseidonia

by Pawel-Piotr-Jakubowscy, 7.6 km away

cyclades island - Poseidonia

D: Megasgialos

by Alexandros Krasokeras, 7.6 km away

Megasgialos

E: Panayia of Tinos

by Tzatzanis - Maravelakis, 22.4 km away

Panayia of TinosTinos is considered to be the capital of Religious Tourism in Greece. Panayia of Tino...

Panayia of Tinos

F: Museum of Marble Crafts - Room E

by Tzatzanis - Maravelakis, 23.8 km away

 The Museum of Marble Crafts in Pirgos, on the island of Tinos, was created by the Piraeus Bank Group...

Museum of Marble Crafts - Room E

G: Museum of Marble Crafts - Room A

by Tzatzanis - Maravelakis, 23.8 km away

 The Museum of Marble Crafts in Pirgos, on the island of Tinos, was created by the Piraeus Bank Group...

Museum of Marble Crafts - Room A

H: Museum of Marble Crafts - Room D

by Tzatzanis - Maravelakis, 23.8 km away

  The Museum of Marble Crafts in Pirgos, on the island of Tinos, was created by the Piraeus Bank Grou...

Museum of Marble Crafts - Room D

I: Museum of Marble Crafts - Room C

by Tzatzanis - Maravelakis, 23.8 km away

 The Museum of Marble Crafts in Pirgos, on the island of Tinos, was created by the Piraeus Bank Group...

Museum of Marble Crafts - Room C

J: Museum of Marble Crafts

by Tzatzanis - Maravelakis, 23.8 km away

The Museum of Marble Crafts in Pirgos, on the island of Tinos, was created by the Piraeus Bank Group ...

Museum of Marble Crafts

This panorama was taken in Greece, 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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