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Utrecht (city)

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.

Utrecht is a municipality and the capital city of the Dutch province of Utrecht. It is the fourth largest city of the Netherlands. According to the 2006 census, population is 283,000, area is 99.32 square kilometers, and density is 2,883 per square kilometers.
Utrecht is famous for the Dom Tower of Utrecht, belonging to the former cathedral, and the canal structure in the inner city. Utrecht is the center of the Dutch railroad network and the location of the head office of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen. NS's former head office De Inktpot in Utrecht is the largest brick building in the Netherlands. The building is currently used by ProRail.
A large indoor shopping center called Hoog Catharijne is located between the central railway station and the city center. The corridors have been considered public places like streets, and the main route from station to city center is therefore open all night. Over the next 20 years, parts of Hoog Catharijne will disappear as a consequence of the renovation of the Station-area. Parts of the city's network of canals, which were filled to create the shopping center and central station area, will be recreated.
Utrecht University is the largest university of The Netherlands. Utrecht is also home to the FC Utrecht football club, which plays in Stadium Nieuw Galgenwaard. At the westside of the central railway station is the Jaarbeurs.

The city also has a minor skyline, dominated by the Dom tower, which will be expended in the next couple of years. The second highest building of the city, the Rabobanktoren, will be completed in 2009 and will stand 105 meters tall. Two antennas will increase that height to 120 meters.

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