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Suworow Monument in the Schoellenen Canyon in central swiss canton Uri. in the west you see the old and the new Devil's Bridge. - Both bridges are situated in extremely difficult rocky terrain and the legend says that local people charged the devil himself to build the old bridge. - The Suworow Monument was build in 1899 vy the Russian State in remembrance of General Suworow who fought a battle here in 1799 against the French troops of Napoleon. The Monument is still owned by Russia, but not as often told a Russian exterritorial property inside of Switzerland. - On the opposite side of the Canyon you see the old Gotthard street which has been replaced by the highway tunnel.
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.