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Vlkolínec is a typical Central-Slovakian settlement with an architecture of wood that can be found in the mountain and foothill regions of the northern part of Central Slovakia. From the urbanistic point of view it is a large village with a single street and two rews of houses with long courtyards, arranged on both its sides. There is no precise data as to its origin. Vlkolínec was first mentioned in 1461. In 1977. Vlkolínec was proclaimed a protected area of folk architecture, and in December 1993, it was added to the List of the World's Heritage of UNESCO, where only the most unique and universal cultural items appear that ought to be preserved for the whole of mankind.
Vlkolínec leží v pohorí Veľká Fatra, vo výške 718 m.n.m., pod vrchom Sidorovo. Je mestskou časťou Ružomberka. Je trvalo obývaná s 29 obyvateľmi. Má 55 domov s drevenou architektúrou horského a podhorského typu severného stredného Slovenska, podstatnú časť chránených objektov tvoria drevenice respektíve hospodárske dvory (usadlosti).Vlkolínec bol v roku 1993 zapísaný do zoznamu svetového kultúrneho dedičstva UNESCO.
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.