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Plovdiv city in mid-January. The place is called "The Buttons" because of the small round sits around the fountain. The central fountain has some stone birds in it, but they are taken away for the winter.

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A: A fountain in Plovdiv

by Dimitar Torbov, 20 meters away

A fountain in Plovdiv

B: Sculpture of Milio in Plovdiv

by Dimitar Torbov, 140 meters away

Milio is a popular, kind hearted and eccentric person from the near past of Plovdiv.

Sculpture of Milio in Plovdiv

C: The ancient amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

by Stefan Solakov, 330 meters away

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The ancient amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

D: Djumaya Square in Plovdiv

by Dimitar Torbov, 350 meters away

Statue of Philip Macedonian who conquered the town in the 1st century BC and named it Philipopolis.

Djumaya Square in Plovdiv

E: Old Town Plovdiv, Bulgaria

by Miroslav Minin, 480 meters away

Old town Plovdiv, bar doli, ul paldin, ul kiril nektariev

Old Town Plovdiv, Bulgaria

F: Plovdiv Old Town, square in old town

by Miroslav Minin, 480 meters away

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Plovdiv Old Town, square in old town

G: Icon Galery

by George Atanasov, 590 meters away

Icon Galery

H: Act Art - 3rd photography seminar with Nacho Kamenov

by Nick Spirov, 640 meters away

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I: Avtograf Gallery

by George Atanasov, 650 meters away

Avtograf Gallery

J: Souvenir Shop

by George Atanasov, 660 meters away

Souvenir Shop

This panorama was taken in Bulgaria, 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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