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Fotografia panorâmica por Vil Muhametshin PRO EXPERT MAESTRO Criado em 11:14, 11/07/2010 - Views loading...

Before the battle

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At the camp of Russian, French and Prussian armies getting ready for a reconstruction battle during the historic war festival Dunamunde 2010 in Bolderaja, Riga.

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A: View from the "balcony" over reconstruction of Napoleon battle with Russian and Prussian forces

Por Vil Muhametshin, 90 metros de distância

In Riga's Bolderaja, at the site of the former fortress, it's the second International War History Fe...

View from the "balcony" over reconstruction of Napoleon battle with Russian and Prussian forces

B: Reconstruction of battle

Por Vil Muhametshin, 130 metros de distância

Reconstruction of Napoleon time battle during the historic war festival Dunamunde 2010 in Bolderaja, ...

Reconstruction of battle

C: Daugavgrivas Fortress - Tower

Por Ojārs Strauts, 230 metros de distância

Daugavgrivas Fortress - Tower

D: Daugavgriva Fortress - soviet army barracks

Por Ojārs Strauts, 280 metros de distância

Daugavgriva Fortress - soviet army barracks

E: Windy day at the seaside in Bolderaja, Riga

Por Vil Muhametshin, 1.6 Km de distância

Windy day at the seaside in Bolderaja, Riga

F: Natural ice sculpture at Bolderaja beach in Riga, Latvia

Por Vil Muhametshin, 1.6 Km de distância

Natural ice sculpture at Bolderaja beach in Riga, Latvia

G: Birdwacher tower

Por Валерий Иванюта, 1.8 Km de distância

Birdwacher tower

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Por Валерий Иванюта, 1.8 Km de distância

I: Riga, Bolderaja

Por Aleksandr Reznik, 2.1 Km de distância

Riga, Bolderaja

J: Vecdaugava Nature Reserve (Vecdaugavas dabas liegums)

Por Uldis Bardins, 3.4 Km de distância

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Esta panorâmica foi tirada em Latvia, Europe

Esta é uma visão geral de 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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