Saporoschja - Restaurant nearby the pier
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Saporoschja - Restaurant nearby the pier

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B: Embankment street is near the central beach

by Anton Kalkasov, 40 meters away

Embankment street  is near the central beach

D: Stairs

by H.J.Weber, 80 meters away

Stairs

E: Stair and Passage

by H.J.Weber, 90 meters away

Stair and Passage

F: Saporoschja - footbridge to the Harbour

by H.J.Weber, 150 meters away

Saporoschja - footbridge to the Harbour

G: Saporoschja - Roadworks

by H.J.Weber, 780 meters away

Saporoschja - Roadworks

I: park

by Boris Raskolnikov, 1.5 km away

park in front of my house

park

J: Khortytsia, Preobrazhensky bridge

by Anton Kalkasov, 1.7 km away

Zaporizhzhia city. View from Khortytsia island onto Dnieper river and Preobrazhensky bridge. The brid...

Khortytsia, Preobrazhensky bridge

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