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The Grand Dining Room of the Stroganov Palace.

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A: The Large Room of the Stroganov Palace.

od Gregory Kravchenko, 10 meters away

The Large Room of the Stroganov Palace.

B: Фасады здания бывшего банкирского дома М.И. Вавельберга

od Anton Gulya-Yanovskiy, 160 meters away

Съёмка ночью в ноябре 2010 года при сканировании фасадов.

Фасады здания бывшего банкирского дома М.И. Вавельберга

C: Nevskiy 22 24

od Ivan Garanin, 180 meters away

Nevskiy 22 24

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od Yuriy Filatov, 190 meters away

E: Kazan Cathedral (Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor)

od Ivan Garanin, 230 meters away

Kazan Cathedral (Kazanskiy Kafedralniy Sobor)

F: In the middle of the Colonnade - Kazanska Cathedral - Sankt Peterburg - Russia

od Sergej Esnault, 260 meters away

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kazan_Cathedral,_St._Petersburg

In the middle of the Colonnade - Kazanska Cathedral - Sankt Peterburg - Russia

G: Nevskiy 26

od Ivan Garanin, 280 meters away

Nevskiy 26

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od Serge Vorobiev, 280 meters away

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od Yuriy Filatov, 280 meters away

J:

od Igor Leontyev, 280 meters away

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Text by Steve Smith.

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