Glasgow Cathedral at Night
Glasgow Cathedral is one of the oldest buildings still standing in Glasgow. It is also know as St Mungos' Cathedral, after the patron saint and founder of Glasgow who is also buried here.
Glasgow Cathedral is, strictly, no longer a cathedral as it has not been the seat of a bishop since t...
The Nave: Is a stunning example of medieval Gothic architecture. The open timber roof is of late medi...
Blacader Aisle, probably intended as an undercroft for a chapel above, is said to occupy the site of ...
This area is the centre of the religious worship and is where the two Sunday Services are held. Whils...
This apartment dates from the mid-thirteenth century and was rebuilt in the fifteenth century. The Sa...
The site of the Glasgow Necropolis, which overlooks the city, was acquired by the Merchant's House in...
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.