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Toruń, The Philadelphia Boulevard At Convent Gate - a bird's eye view

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A: Toruń, Nicolaus Copernicus House

by Marek Kocjan, 110 meters away

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Toruń, Nicolaus Copernicus House

B: Ulica Żeglarska - Pałac Dąbskich

by Leszek Cuper, 160 meters away

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C: Ślimak Getyński

by Leszek Cuper, 160 meters away

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D: Nicolaus Copernicus House at night

by Leszek Cuper, 180 meters away

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E: The Leaning Tower at night

by Leszek Cuper, 190 meters away

The Leaning Tower (13th century), one of the landmarks of Toruń, was a typical fortified tower, built...

The Leaning Tower at night

G: View under the bridge

by Jan Mulder, 210 meters away

The shadow of the Józef Piłsudski road bridge offers a good place for a rest on the Wisla river banks...

View under the bridge

H: Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, Toruń

by Alexander Jensko, 220 meters away

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Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, Toruń

I: Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, Toruń

by Alexander Jensko, 220 meters away

Church of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, since 1935 Minor Basilica, since 1992 the...

Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, Toruń

J: View of ss. Johns’ cathedral from the south

by Leszek Cuper, 230 meters away

SS. Johns' church with its imposing hall and bell tower dominate the skyline of the Old Town no matte...

View of ss. Johns’ cathedral from the south

This panorama was taken in Poland, 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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