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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Portugal

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A: Brito Capelo Street

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 460 metri di distanza

Brito Capelo Street

B: Lantern Tower of Senhor do Padrão - Matosinhos (inside)

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 670 metri di distanza

Lantern Tower of Senhor do Padrão - Matosinhos (inside)

C: Lantern Tower of Senhor do Padrão - Matosinhos (outside)

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 680 metri di distanza

Lantern Tower of Senhor do Padrão - Matosinhos (outside)

D: Senhor de Matosinhos Curch

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 800 metri di distanza

Senhor de Matosinhos Curch

E: Senhor de Matosinhos Curch

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 860 metri di distanza

Senhor de Matosinhos Curch

F: Marina Porto Atlântico - Leixões

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 990 metri di distanza

Marina Porto Atlântico - Leixões

G: FonteLuz

di antonio basilio, 1.4 km di distanza

FonteLuz

H: Boa Nova Lighthouse - Leça da Palmeira

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 2.2 km di distanza

Boa Nova Lighthouse - Leça da Palmeira

I: View over Leça da Palmeira from the Lighthouse

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 2.2 km di distanza

View over Leça da Palmeira from the Lighthouse

J: Boa Nova Tea House

di Luis Filipe Azevedo, 2.5 km di distanza

Boa Nova Tea House

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Portugal, 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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