Sesimbra, is one of the most typical villages the region of Setubal in Portugal. Sesimbra is framed in the Natural Reserve of Arrábida Mountain, with a magnificent natural landscape as a background. Sesimbra is synonymous with great natural wealth of excellence. The Sesimbra gastronomy is varied and based on fresh fish and seafood. Also its heritage is rich and varied: the Archaeology Museum, which displays archaeological discoveries and Sea Museum, which opened in 1987, where several photographs and materials relating to fisheries. As for the religious heritage, especially several Churches from seventeenth century, including the Misericórdia Church. The Fortress of S. Tiago, a seventeenth century monument of military architecture, is considered the heaviest construction in the village due its weight and its historic military and physical implantation.
Sesimbra is a fishing village located near the Atlantic Ocean in the district of Setubal, Portugal. A...
The Square October 5 is located in Sesimbra in the district of Setúbal, Portugal. Here is a sculpture...
The California Plaza is located in the district of Setúbal, Sesimbra, Portugal. It is one of the late...
Sesimbra is located near the Atlantic Ocean, between the estuaries of the Tagus River and Sado in Por...
On a mountaintop, 240 m above sea level, lies strategically the ruins of the Moorish castle. It was t...
Exhibition in the tower of the castle, showing the timeline of the castle
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.