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Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

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Panorama's in de omgeving van Netherlands

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A: Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht

door Jan Mulder, 70 hier vandaan

Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht

B: Entrance of fortification De Burcht.

door Jan Mulder, 80 hier vandaan

Entrance of fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Entrance of fortification De Burcht.

C: Bridge over the Oude Rijn.

door Jan Mulder, 90 hier vandaan

Bridge over the Oude Rijn in Leiden. Photo's taken on January 13, 2012.

Bridge over the Oude Rijn.

D: Along the street and river Oude Rijn

door Jan Mulder, 90 hier vandaan

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Along the street and river Oude Rijn

E: Inside fortification De Burcht

door Jan Mulder, 100 hier vandaan

Inside fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Inside fortification De Burcht

F: Gate in the Nieuwstraat

door Jan Mulder, 100 hier vandaan

Gate in the Nieuwstraat in Leiden. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Gate in the Nieuwstraat

G: On the wall of fortification De Burcht

door Jan Mulder, 100 hier vandaan

Inside fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

On the wall of fortification De Burcht

H: Street Organ Festival 2008 in the Hooglandsche Kerk, Leiden

door Henk Keijzer, 120 hier vandaan

Street Organ Festival 2008 in the Hooglandsche Kerk, Leiden

Street Organ Festival 2008 in the Hooglandsche Kerk, Leiden

I: Leiden pier

door Valentin Arfire, 180 hier vandaan

Leiden pier

J: Leiden bridge

door Valentin Arfire, 180 hier vandaan

Leiden bridge

Dit panorama is genomen in Netherlands, Europe

Dit is een overzicht van 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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