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Portal de Castilla-Parade-Vitoria-Gasteiz

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Paseo de Portal de Castilla en Vitoria-Gasteiz (European Green Capital 2012). Variedad de colores al llegar el otoño.

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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: Fine Arts Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 240 meters away

Fine Arts Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz

B: Paseo de Fray Francisco de Vitoria

by José Antonio González Nieto, 270 meters away

Paseo de Fray Francisco de Vitoria

C: El Prado Park

by José Antonio González Nieto, 290 meters away

El Prado Park

D: Paseo de La Senda

by José Antonio González Nieto, 380 meters away

Paseo de La Senda

E: El Prado Park 3

by José Antonio González Nieto, 380 meters away

El Prado Park 3

F: La Florida Park

by José Antonio González Nieto, 400 meters away

La Florida Park

G: Catedral de Snata Maria en Vitoria

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 400 meters away

La Catedral de Santa María de Vitoria, conocida popularmente como Catedral Vieja, es un templo católi...

Catedral de Snata Maria en Vitoria

H: Bethlehem in Florida park -Vitoria

by José Antonio González Nieto, 410 meters away

Bethlehem in Florida park -Vitoria

I: Catedral de Santa Maria en Vitoria (Alava)

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 460 meters away

En la capital alavesa, en lo alto de la colina donde nació la ciudad en 1.181, se levanta, majestuosa...

Catedral de Santa Maria en Vitoria (Alava)

J: Vista de la Catedral Santa Maria de Vitoria-Gasteis

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 510 meters away

Vista de la catedral Santa Maria de Vitoria, en un día de Agostos de 2011

Vista de la Catedral Santa Maria de Vitoria-Gasteis

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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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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