Bielsko-Biała, Plac Wojska Polskiego - The Old Market Square In Biala a bird's eye view
Nowadays it is called Square of the Polish Army (Plac Wojska Polskiego), which previously was called Market Square. Since 1890 it was called Joseph's Square (commemorate Emperor Joseph II). The square was marked out in 1723 after granting civic rights by King August II Mocny. Granting of civic rights was connected with the development of weaver's and draper's industry. In the central part of the square the town hall and balance were situated.
It is a building erected in classical style between 1792-1798 in the place of an old evangelical ceme...
Previously the Fire Brigade Square, previously a swine market. http://spacer.bielsko.pl
Previously the Fire Brigade Square, previously a swine market.http://spacer.bielsko.pl
Today's Liberty Square was built as one of the elements of urban system created during colonization i...
The building was built in the place of the road house at the Imperial Route as a Hotel "Pod Czarnym O...
The Lower Suburb Bielsko stretches to the River Biała. Its origins reach the beginning of the 15th ce...
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.