Santuari De Gracia (Mallorca)
Auf dem berühmten Klosterberg Randa findet man drei Klöster. Zunächst erreicht man die Santuari de Nostra Senyora de Gràcia. Einem Schwalbennest ähnlich schmiegt sich das Gebäude mit einem schönen Blumengarten direkt an eine steile Felswand
Monastery of randa mallorcaThe history of the monastery in randa mallorca (Santuari de Nostra Dona...
The lounge at this superb country state in Llucmajor, Mallorca
A huge and old historic country state in Llucmajor, Mallorca, absolutely restored, with pool, yard an...
A big room as entrance hall of this magnificent country state located next to Llucmajor, Mallorca, a ...
Historische Glasbläserei in Algaida (Mallorca). Hier werden noch per Hand künstlerische Gläser und Fo...
Glasbläserei Gordiola in Algaida (Mallorca
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.