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Wawel Hill

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Wawel is an architectural complex erected over many centuries atop a limestone outcrop on the left bank of the Vistula River in Cracow.

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A: The Royal Castle - Wawel

by Adam Czapla, 40 meters away

The Royal Castle - Wawel

B: The Dragon of Wawel Hill

by Karol Kwiatek, 50 meters away

Smok Wawelski, also known as The Dragon of Wawel Hill or simply The Wawel Dragon, is a famous dragon ...

The Dragon of Wawel Hill

C: Wawel

by Maciej G. Szling, 50 meters away

Wawel

E: Dragon krak back side

by Jan Mulder, 90 meters away

Dragon krak back side

F: The fire sptting dragon Krak

by Jan Mulder, 100 meters away

Photo's taken on december 27, 2010.

The fire sptting dragon Krak

G: Bronze model at the Wawel hill

by Jan Mulder, 100 meters away

Photo's taken on December 31, 2012.

Bronze model at the Wawel hill

H: At the wawel hill fortress

by Jan Mulder, 110 meters away

Photo's taken on December 31, 2012.

At the wawel hill fortress

This panorama was taken in Krakow, Europe

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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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