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A:

by Marek Kocjan, 2.4 km away

B:

by Marek Kocjan, 2.4 km away

C: Interior of the church St. Mary the Painful in Rybnik

by Jan Mulder, 4.2 km away

Interior of the catholic church St. Mary the Painful in Rybnik with nice stained glass in lead window...

Interior of the church St. Mary the Painful in Rybnik

D: Waterpump in Rybnik

by Jan Mulder, 4.2 km away

This public waterpump is used by the local fruit sellers in Rybnik. Photo's taken on July 2, 2010.

Waterpump in Rybnik

E: Saint Antony Church in Rybnik

by Wojciech Makula, 4.2 km away

Saint Antony Church in Rybnik

F: Saint Antony Church in Rybnik

by Wojciech Makula, 4.3 km away

Saint Antony Church in Rybnik

G: Main square in Rybnik

by Jan Mulder, 4.4 km away

The main square or Rynek in Rybnik is decorated with terraces of the various restaurants around. The ...

Main square in Rybnik

H: Tyskie parasols

by Jan Mulder, 4.4 km away

On the terrace of Sala Energil.  Photo's taken on August 26, 2012.

Tyskie parasols

I: Post office in Rybnik

by Jan Mulder, 4.5 km away

The post office (Poczta Polska) of Rybnik

Post office in Rybnik

J: City hall of Rybnik

by Jan Mulder, 4.6 km away

The city hall is a modern glass and grey granite facaded building but has a classically looking green...

City hall of Rybnik

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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