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Beginning of the trail to Vikmeste hillfort in Gauja National Park (Vikmestes Taka Siguldā, GNP)

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A: Krimulda Castle Ruins

door Uldis Bardins, 360 hier vandaan

Krimulda Castle Ruins

B: Gutmana Cave in the Gauja National Park

door Uldis Bardins, 570 hier vandaan

Most popular and largest cave in Latvia. It is 19 meters deep, 12 meters wide and 10 meters high.http...

Gutmana Cave in the Gauja National Park

D: Under the bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia

door Vil Muhametshin, 760 hier vandaan

This is one of the most impressive bridges in Latvia. It was opened in 1937, but already in 1941 duri...

Under the bridge over the Gauja River in Sigulda, Latvia

E: Bridge over Gauja River in Sigulda

door Uldis Bardins, 790 hier vandaan

Bridge over Gauja River in Sigulda

F: Tourist resting place in Sigulda

door Uldis Bardins, 830 hier vandaan

Tourist resting place in Sigulda

H: Sigulda Medieval Order's Comture Castle ruins

door Uldis Bardins, 980 hier vandaan

Sigulda Medieval Order's Comture Castle ruins

I: Sigulda01l

door Martins Strubergs, 1.3 hier vandaan

Sigulda in Spring

Sigulda01l

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

door Vil Muhametshin, 1.3 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

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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