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A: Toompea Castle Square

by Andrew Bodrov, 10 meters away

Toompea Castle Square

B: White Hall

by Andrew Bodrov, 50 meters away

White Hall

C: Tall Hermann tower

by Andrew Bodrov, 70 meters away

Tall Hermann tower

D: Toompea Castle Governors Garden

by Andrew Bodrov, 70 meters away

Toompea Castle Governors Garden

E: Toomkooli street

by Andrew Bodrov, 90 meters away

Toomkooli street

F: Toompea hill

by Andrew Bodrov, 90 meters away

Toompea hill

G: Tallin Alexander Church, Estonia

by Mahmood Hamidi, 110 meters away

Alexander Nevsky cathedral is Tallinn''s largest domed cathedral. The large, richly decorated Orthodo...

Tallin Alexander Church, Estonia

H: Toompea Castle

by Andrew Bodrov, 110 meters away

Toompea Castle

I: Interior of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

by Andrew Bodrov, 120 meters away

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Interior of the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

J: Toomkirik

by Min Heo, 140 meters away

Toomkirik

This panorama was taken in Tallinn, 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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