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Jacinto Benavente square of San Lorenzo del Escorial

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Madrid

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A: San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery of Madrid

di jose-ignacio-teran, 90 metri di distanza

San Lorenzo del Escorial Monastery of Madrid

B: Constitucion square o San Lorenzo del Escorial

di jose-ignacio-teran, 90 metri di distanza

Constitucion square o San Lorenzo del Escorial

C: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

di luis davilla, 160 metri di distanza

 Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

D: San Lorenzo De El Escorial - Plaza Basilica

di Carsten Arenz, 160 metri di distanza

San Lorenzo De El Escorial - Plaza Basilica

E: San Lorenzo del Escorial 2

di jose-ignacio-teran, 160 metri di distanza

San Lorenzo del Escorial 2

F: Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

di Juan Luis Redajo, 170 metri di distanza

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

G: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

di luis davilla, 200 metri di distanza

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

H: chapter rooms of Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

di luis davilla, 220 metri di distanza

chapter rooms of Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

chapter rooms of Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

I: charter rooms in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

di luis davilla, 220 metri di distanza

charter rooms in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

charter rooms in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

J: pantheon of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

di luis davilla, 220 metri di distanza

pantheon of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

pantheon of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Madrid, Europe

Questa è una vista generale di Europe

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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