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Līvu Square
Location: On the crossroad of Līvu and Riga streets
Services: Town's original market square in the first half of the 13th century.

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Latvia

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A: Belfry of Cesis Church

di Jonas Nosalis, 220 metri di distanza

Belfry of Cesis Church

B: Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

di Jonas Nosalis, 220 metri di distanza

Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

C: Cesis castle

di Jonas Nosalis, 220 metri di distanza

  Construction of the castle is thought to have begun around 1209, in the time of Master of the Order...

Cesis castle

D: Cesis, Riga street

di Jonas Nosalis, 240 metri di distanza

Cesis, Riga street

E: Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 240 metri di distanza

Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia

F: Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 260 metri di distanza

Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

G: Cesis Castle

di Olga Parshina, 270 metri di distanza

Cesis Castle

H: Cesis

di Jonas Nosalis, 300 metri di distanza

Cēsis Castle is a Livonian castle situated in Cēsis, Latvia. Its ruins are one of the most majestic c...

Cesis

I: On the ruinis of Cesis Medieval Castle, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 330 metri di distanza

On the ruinis of Cesis Medieval Castle, Latvia

J: Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

di Vil Muhametshin, 340 metri di distanza

Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

Questo panorama è stato scattato in Latvia, 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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