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B: Ivano-Franivsk. Garkushi and Franko streets

by Denny A. Ovchar, 170 meters away

Ivano-Franivsk. Garkushi and Franko streets

C: pozeznukiv

by Роман Осташ, 210 meters away


D: Franko Street, before - Lypova (Linden)

by Denny A. Ovchar, 270 meters away

Franko Street, before - Lypova (Linden)

E: Ivano-Frankivs'k railway station

by Denny A. Ovchar, 300 meters away

Ivano-Frankivs'k railway station

G: 17 003

by Denny A. Ovchar, 320 meters away

17 003

H: Monument "Ascension" on Valova street

by Denny A. Ovchar, 330 meters away

Monument "Ascension" on Valova street


by Роман Осташ, 350 meters away

J: Entrance to Fraternal Cemetery

by Denny A. Ovchar, 350 meters away

Entrance to Fraternal Cemetery

This panorama was taken in Ukraine, 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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