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A: Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 140 meters away

Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

B: Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 170 meters away

Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia

C: Cesis, Riga street

by Jonas Nosalis, 170 meters away

Cesis, Riga street

D: Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

by Jonas Nosalis, 180 meters away

Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

E: Belfry of Cesis Church

by Jonas Nosalis, 180 meters away

Belfry of Cesis Church

F: Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 200 meters away

Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

G: Cesis

by Jonas Nosalis, 220 meters away

Cēsis Castle is a Livonian castle situated in Cēsis, Latvia. Its ruins are one of the most majestic c...

Cesis

H: Cesis Castle

by Olga Parshina, 220 meters away

Cesis Castle

I: Cesis castle

by Jonas Nosalis, 260 meters away

  Construction of the castle is thought to have begun around 1209, in the time of Master of the Order...

Cesis castle

J: On the ruinis of Cesis Medieval Castle, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 290 meters away

On the ruinis of Cesis Medieval Castle, Latvia

This panorama was taken in Latvia, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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