Spinalonga Fortress Island Crete Greece
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Spinalonga Fortress Island Crete Greece

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A: Spinalonga View From The Top Crete Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 40 meters away

Spinalonga View From The Top Crete Greece

B: Spinalonga Old Arc House Crete Greece

by Vasilis Triantafyllou, 100 meters away

Spinalonga Old Arc House Crete Greece

C: Spinalonga Fortress

by Sergey Naskalny, 110 meters away

The island of Spinalonga (official name: Kalidon) is located at the eastern section of Crete, in Lasi...

Spinalonga Fortress

D: island Kalidon (Spinalonga), abandoned leper colony

by Sergey Naskalny, 130 meters away

island Kalidon (Spinalonga), abandoned leper colony

E: Voulismeni lake

by Aleksandr Pogorielov, 12.0 km away

Lake Voulismeni has a circular shape of a diameter of 137 m and depth 64 m.

Voulismeni lake

F: Lake of Agios Nikolaos

by Thomas Sarmis, 12.0 km away

Greece, Crete, Agios Nikolaos.Agios Nikolaos is a beautiful coastal city on the island of Crete [wiki...

Lake of Agios Nikolaos

G: The Lake

by MiNi 2009, 12.0 km away

The Lake

H: Moon over sea near Agios Nicolaos

by Thomas Sarmis, 15.1 km away

Near Agios Nikolaos during the January full moon. Sony DSLR a200, Samyang 8mm, Digipod A2832, KS-0, C...

Moon over sea near Agios Nicolaos

I: Crete, steep coast

by Frank Ellmerich, 20.3 km away

 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Crete (Greek: Κρήτη; [kriti]) is the largest and most populous...

Crete, steep coast

J: Aldiana Kreta

by MiNi 2009, 21.0 km away

Μόχλος Ξενοδοχείο Aldiana

Aldiana Kreta

This panorama was taken in Greece, 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.

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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