Puchov - Komenskeho street
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Puchov - Komenskeho street

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A: Puchov - Cemetery

by Rado Marek, 90 meters away

Puchov - Cemetery

B: Puchov - Komenskeho street

by Rado Marek, 90 meters away

Puchov - Komenskeho street

C: Puchov - Komenskeho street

by Rado Marek, 90 meters away

Puchov - Komenskeho street

D: Puchov - Marczibányi Garden

by Rado Marek, 220 meters away

Puchov - Marczibányi Garden

E: Puchov - Dvory

by Rado Marek, 230 meters away

Puchov - Dvory

F: Liberty Square Puchov

by Rado Marek, 240 meters away

Liberty Square Puchov

G: Puchov - Dvory

by Rado Marek, 260 meters away

Puchov - Dvory

H: Puchov - Dvory

by Rado Marek, 290 meters away

Puchov - Dvory

I: Municipal Office of Puchov

by Rado Marek, 300 meters away

Municipal Office of Puchov

J: Liberty Square Púchov

by Rado Marek, 330 meters away

Liberty Square Púchov

This panorama was taken in Slovakia, 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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