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Närliggande bilder i Spain

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A: Avila - Plaza Mercado-Chico

av Carsten Arenz, 10 meter bort

The PLaza Mercado Chico is surely not the biggest Plaza in Spain and in its size not anywhere near th...

Avila - Plaza Mercado-Chico

B: Avila - San Juan de las Cruz Monument

av Carsten Arenz, 170 meter bort

Avila - San Juan de las Cruz Monument

C: Avila - Cathedral

av Carsten Arenz, 200 meter bort

Avila - Cathedral

D: Avila - Plaza Catedral

av Carsten Arenz, 210 meter bort

Avila - Plaza Catedral

E: Avila - Plaza Teniente Arévalo

av Carsten Arenz, 230 meter bort

Avila - Plaza Teniente Arévalo

F: Chapel of St. Theresa of avila

av jose-ignacio-teran, 230 meter bort

Chapel of St. Theresa of avila

H: St. Theresa Square of Avila

av jose-ignacio-teran, 260 meter bort

St. Theresa Square of Avila

I: Avila - Plaza la Santa

av Carsten Arenz, 280 meter bort

Avila - Plaza la Santa

J: Avila - Medieval Wall

av Carsten Arenz, 280 meter bort

Avila - Medieval Wall

Det här panoramat togs i Spain, 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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