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A: Luxor Theater

by Gary Quigg, 90 meters away

The New Luxor Theater is located just across the Erasmus bridge in Rotterdam. It was designed by Aust...

Luxor Theater

B: Gerechtsgebouw Rotterdam

by Marcel wagenaar, 130 meters away

Courthouse, garden, Rotterdam

Gerechtsgebouw Rotterdam

C: Entrance New Luxor Theatre

by Marcel wagenaar, 210 meters away

Entrance New Luxor Theatre

Entrance New Luxor Theatre

D: Luxor erasmusbrug rotterdam

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 300 meters away

Luxor erasmusbrug rotterdam

E: On top of the Maastoren

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 310 meters away

This panorama is made on top of the Maastoren in Rotterdam and was taken right after reaching its hig...

On top of the Maastoren

F: On the roof of 'Toren op Zuid'

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 320 meters away

This panorama is shot on the roof of the 'Toren op Zuid' in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and is part of...

On the roof of 'Toren op Zuid'

G: Skyline Rotterdam

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 330 meters away

Skyline Rotterdam

H: 3rd Floor RAW art fair Rotterdam 2013

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 350 meters away

3rd Floor RAW art fair Rotterdam 2013

I: De Rotterdam: Panoramic view from the largest building in Europe

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 360 meters away

De Rotterdam is a building on the Wilhelmina Pier in Rotterdam, designed by Rem Koolhaas in 1998. The...

De Rotterdam: Panoramic view from the largest building in Europe

J: 2nd floor RAW art fair Rotterdam 2013

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 370 meters away

2nd floor RAW art fair Rotterdam 2013

This panorama was taken in Rotterdam, 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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