Sluice in the Vecht
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Sluice in the Vecht

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This sluice separates the water of Stadsbuitengracht from the water in the Vecht. There has been a sluice at this place since around 1300.

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A: Sluice in the Vecht

by Anton van Tetering, 20 meters away

This sluice separates the water of Stadsbuitengracht from the water in the Vecht. There has been a sl...

Sluice in the Vecht

B: The Zandbrug over the Oudegracht

by Anton van Tetering, 170 meters away

The Zandbrug is the northernmost bridge of the Oudegracht in Utrecht. This canal ends here in the Sta...

The Zandbrug over the Oudegracht

C: Miffy square - Nijntje pleintje

by Anton van Tetering, 180 meters away

This little square in Utrecht houses a statue of Miffy (Nijntje), the famous creation of Dick Bruna w...

Miffy square - Nijntje pleintje

D: Windmill Rijn en Zon

by Anton van Tetering, 190 meters away

The windmill Rijn en Zon was built in 1912. It dominates the surrounding streets. More info on http:/...

Windmill Rijn en Zon

E: Vredenburg construction site

by Anton van Tetering, 560 meters away

Vredenburg construction site

F: Utrecht - 'Festival aan de Werf'

by Marco den Herder, 560 meters away

Utrecht - 'Festival aan de Werf'

G: Utrecht Canal Tunnel

by John Nayler, 570 meters away

One of the ways to access the bars and cafes along the canal edge in Utrecht is via this brightly col...

Utrecht Canal Tunnel

H: Vredenburgplein

by Anton van Tetering, 580 meters away

Vredenburgplein

I: Utrecht - Stadhuisbrug

by Marco den Herder, 720 meters away

Utrecht - Stadhuisbrug

J: Stadhuisbrug and City Hall

by Anton van Tetering, 740 meters away

Stadhuisbrug and City Hall

This panorama was taken in Utrecht, 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.

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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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