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Gazing at the autumn colours from Turaida Castle tower, Latvia

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A: View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 10 hier vandaan

View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

B: Medieval castle in Turaida - aerial view, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 30 hier vandaan

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Medieval castle in Turaida - aerial view, Latvia

C: Turaida Castle, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 30 hier vandaan

Turaida Castle, Latvia

D: Reconstructed medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 50 hier vandaan

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Reconstructed medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

E: Aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 60 hier vandaan

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

F: Medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 60 hier vandaan

Medieval castle in Turaida, Latvia

G: Wintry aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 140 hier vandaan

The castle was constructed in the Brick Gothic style in 1214 under Albert, archbishop of Riga, on the...

Wintry aerial view of the Medieval Castle in Turaida, Latvia

H: Turaida Castle in autumn - aerial panorama, Sigulda, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 180 hier vandaan

Turaida (in Lives language it means “Garden of God”) is a castle of early Gothic style. It is surroun...

Turaida Castle in autumn - aerial panorama, Sigulda, Latvia

I: Bird's eye view of Folk Song Park in Turaida, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 200 hier vandaan

Bird's eye view of Folk Song Park in Turaida, Latvia

Dit panorama is genomen in Latvia, 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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