Wikipedia: "The Cathedral Basilica of St. James the Apostle, Szczecin) (Bazylika archikatedralna św. Jakuba w Szczecinie) was built by the citizens of the city after the model of the St. Mary in Lubeck. The impressing aisled hall church was equipped very richly. It was destroyed in 1677 by war events and rebuilt between 1690 and 1693 with construction of new vaults. In 1894 the west tower collapsed, it was however rebuilt. Air raids during World War II resulted in a renewed collapse of the then 119 meters high tower and led to large damage to the church; all altars and artworks inside were then destroyed by fire. The church was rebuilt, the north wall kept thereby a modern front in the style of the 1950 decade. It is today the cathedral of the catholic diocese Szczecin."
The recently rebuilt tower has now a visitor platform with four glass windows, from where the pictures for this panorama were taken, Challenging were the high reflections on the inclined glass windows.
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.