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Nearby images in Northern Spain

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A: Img 149806

by josu barandiaran, 740 meters away

Img 149806

B: Arotzenea

by josu barandiaran, 740 meters away

Arotzenea is one of the most beautiful old farms in the countryside of Hondarribia. A couple of kilom...

Arotzenea

C: Hondarribia's Wall

by josu barandiaran, 1.2 km away

This Bastion is part of the wall that surrounds Hondarribia's old town.

Hondarribia's Wall

D: Cockpit CRJ 900 at EAS airport

by Jose Maria Ocana Rizo, 1.3 km away

This picture shows the cockpit of a Bombardier CRJ 900 at San Sebastián airport. The sunrise comes th...

Cockpit CRJ 900 at EAS airport

E: Guadalupe hermitage in Hondarribia

by josu barandiaran, 1.4 km away

The small hermitage of Guadalupe, 5 km from the village of Hondarribia, overlooks the Bidasoa Bay.

Guadalupe hermitage in Hondarribia

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by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 1.4 km away

G: Hondarribia

by josu barandiaran, 1.5 km away

A street in Hondarribia's old town. This old town keeps the charm of ancient times with houses many c...

Hondarribia

H: Hondarribia's Kale Nagusia Street

by josu barandiaran, 1.5 km away

A beatiful village by the sea. The old town is formed by narrow and charming streets and a main squar...

Hondarribia's Kale Nagusia Street

I: Hondarribia's Arma Plaza

by josu barandiaran, 1.5 km away

Hondarribia's Arma Plaza Square, on top of the old town, facing the former Castle of Carlos V, now a ...

Hondarribia's Arma Plaza

J: Plaza de Armas

by Lademanda manda, 1.5 km away

Plaza mayor de Hondarribia

Plaza de Armas

This panorama was taken in Northern 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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