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C: Four Bridges - Douro River, Porto

by Luis Filipe Azevedo, 10.8 km away

Porto, the city of bridges. On this panorama we can see S. João, that replaced D. Maria Pia (not used...

Four Bridges - Douro River, Porto

D: CP Intercidades

by Willy Kaemena, 10.9 km away

These coaches were built around 1985 by portuguese company Sorefame for?the?CP, ?at that time ?Caminh...

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E: CP Alfa Pendular High Speed Tilting Train

by Willy Kaemena, 11.0 km away

WikipediaAlfa Pendular is the name of the Pendolino high-speed tilting train of Portuguese state rail...

CP Alfa Pendular  High Speed Tilting Train

F: porto from monastery of sierra do pilar. portugal

by luis davilla, 11.2 km away

porto del monasterio de sierra do Pilar. Portugal

porto from monastery of sierra do pilar. portugal

G: porto from monastery of sierra do pilar. portugal

by luis davilla, 11.2 km away

porto del monasterio de sierra do Pilar. Portugal

porto from monastery of sierra do pilar. portugal

H: porto from monasterio serra do pilar

by luis davilla, 11.2 km away

porto del monasterio Serra do Pilar

porto from monasterio serra do pilar

I: Mosteiro da Serra de Pilar, Porto, Portugal

by Ron Duijzings, 11.2 km away

Watching over the city of Porto is this severe 17th-century hilltop church, with its striking circula...

Mosteiro da Serra de Pilar, Porto, Portugal

J: Ponte Dom Luis

by Willy Kaemena, 11.2 km away

Ponte Dom Luis in Porto. Oct. 2005

Ponte Dom Luis

This panorama was taken in Portugal, Europe

This is an overview of Europe

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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