Cesis, Riga street
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Cesis, Riga street

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A: Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

od Jonas Nosalis, 50 meters away

Belfry of St.John's Cesis Church, floor lll

B: Belfry of Cesis Church

od Jonas Nosalis, 50 meters away

Belfry of Cesis Church

C: Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

od Vil Muhametshin, 50 meters away

Cesis St. John’s Church, Latvia

D: Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia

od Vil Muhametshin, 90 meters away

Near St. Johns Church in Cesis, Latvia

E: Raunas Varti

od Jonas Nosalis, 170 meters away

Raunas Varti

F: Cesis castle

od Jonas Nosalis, 180 meters away

  Construction of the castle is thought to have begun around 1209, in the time of Master of the Order...

Cesis castle

G: Cesis Castle

od Olga Parshina, 180 meters away

Cesis Castle

H: Cesis

od Jonas Nosalis, 190 meters away

Cēsis Castle is a Livonian castle situated in Cēsis, Latvia. Its ruins are one of the most majestic c...


I: Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

od Vil Muhametshin, 220 meters away

Near the Cesis New Castle, Latvia

J: Fountain

od Jonas Nosalis, 240 meters away

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