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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Portugal

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A: Convento de Cristo-Horta dos Frades

di Sotero Ferreira, 30 metri di distanza

Convento de Cristo-Horta dos Frades

B: Cisterna do Claustro do Corvos Convento de Cristo - Tomar

di Sotero Ferreira, 50 metri di distanza

Cisterna do Claustro do Corvos Convento de Cristo - Tomar

C: Claustro Principal 1 -Tomar

di Sotero Ferreira, 80 metri di distanza

Claustro Principal 1 -Tomar

D: Convento de Cristo - Tomar

di Sotero Ferreira, 80 metri di distanza

Convento de Cristo - Tomar

F: Convento de Cristo-Claustro Principal-Tomar

di Sotero Ferreira, 100 metri di distanza

Convento de Cristo-Claustro Principal-Tomar

G: Janela Manuelina do Covento de Cristo em Tomar

di Sotero Ferreira, 110 metri di distanza

Janela Manuelina do Covento de Cristo em Tomar

H: II Festival de Estátuas Vivas - Tomar - Cidade de Deus

di Sotero Ferreira, 120 metri di distanza

II Festival de Estátuas Vivas - Tomar - Cidade de Deus

I: The castle of Tomar 02

di Romain Calvetti, 120 metri di distanza

The castle of Tomar was built by the Templars in 1160, under the leadership of the master of the prov...

The castle of Tomar 02

J: Convent of Christ, Tomar, Portugal 13

di Jeffrey Martin, 130 metri di distanza

The Convent of Christ in Tomar (Convent de Cristo) is one of the world's largest and best-preserved T...

Convent of Christ, Tomar, Portugal 13

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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