Toledo, the door of Cambrón
The door of Cambrón Renaissance is a beautiful monument dating back to 1576. It owes its name to the many thorn that existed in the vicinity. Originally built by King Wamba, and reformed by the Arabs, whose traces are still rebuilding. The interior decoration of the facade is very simple. A Doric first body with a bow cushions and above the niche, with Santa Leocadia. The pyramids of stone crowning the columns show a tinge pagan Christian revival. The narrow thick balustrades balconies let the sun take painfully a ray of light into the darkness of the room. The exterior has a nice look in his beautiful gallery, in the left column are set with Kufic characters, the indelible mark before the current building. In their niches, statues of the Kings modern Visigoths Sisebuto Sisenando and guard the shield of the city. Through this door came the humble village disguised Dona Maria Pacheco, widow of Juan de Padilla, when, with the flow of the Tagus, was to penetrate in Portugal. (Luis Moreno Nieto, "Encyclopedic Dictionary of Toledo and the Province" ISBN 84-400-2505-X) Outside the door look at the access through the pedestrian ski lift from the Vega Baja designed by the AIA
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.