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A: Claustro de las escuelas menores de Salamanca

by Carlos Ortega, 300 meters away

Se denominan así porque aquí se impartían las enseñanzas previas a los estudios universitarios. De es...

Claustro de las escuelas menores de Salamanca

B: Patio y Fachada universidad Salamanca

by Carlos Ortega, 310 meters away

Se encuentra frente a la fachada de la Universidad. Fue la primera intervención urbanística en la ciu...

Patio y Fachada universidad Salamanca

C: University Salamanca

by Rafael DeVill, 320 meters away

The oldest university building in Salamanca, with the statue of Fray Luis de Leon after the fireworks...

University Salamanca

D: Torre Pontificia

by Julián Ausín, 330 meters away

Torre Pontificia

E: Casa Museo Unamuno, Calle de los Libreros, Salamanca

by Vladislav Moskvin, 350 meters away

Casa Museo Unamuno, Calle de los Libreros, Salamanca

F: The shell house

by Rafael DeVill, 350 meters away

Salamancas unique architecture is well represented on this square with two of the most important land...

The shell house

G: Plaza de Anaya - Catedral de Salamanca

by Diego Perez, 380 meters away

Plaza de Anaya - Catedral de Salamanca

H: Salamanka

by Vladislav Moskvin, 400 meters away

Salamanka

I: Salamanca - Plaza de Anaya - Cathedral at Night

by Carsten Arenz, 410 meters away

The new cathedral of Salamance seen from the Plaza de Anaya at night. The gothic and baroque cathedra...

Salamanca - Plaza de Anaya - Cathedral at Night

J: Catedral de Salamanca exterior

by Carlos Ortega, 410 meters away

La fachada principal, tremendamente profusa en detalles entre los que destacan los relieves de las es...

Catedral de Salamanca exterior

This panorama was taken in Spain, 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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