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Horses meet you at the entrance to the ancient world of the "Semigallian days" in Tervete

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F: Tervete wooden castle

av Igors Jefimovs, 480 meter bort

Tervete wooden castle (reconstruction), Latvia

Tervete wooden castle

G: Tervete cemetery and church

av Igors Jefimovs, 510 meter bort

Tervete church and cemetery

Tervete cemetery and church

H: Playing with giant Lutausis at Tervete Nature Park, Latvia

av Vil Muhametshin, 780 meter bort

The area of the Tērvete Nature Park occupies more than 1200 hectares, and most of its territory is co...

Playing with giant Lutausis at Tervete Nature Park, Latvia

I: At the visitors centre of Tervete Nature Park, Latvia

av Vil Muhametshin, 920 meter bort

The area of the Tērvete Nature Park occupies more than 1200 hectares, and most of its territory is co...

At the visitors centre of Tervete Nature Park, Latvia

J: Zalenieki manor house

av Igors Jefimovs, 9.3 km bort

Zalenieki manor house. Currently Zalenieki technical school building.

Zalenieki manor house

Det här panoramat togs i Latvia, Europe

Detta är en översikt av 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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