A backyard in Szczecin
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A backyard in Szczecin

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Backyard in Szczecin / Stettin, one of those still looking like in the old age of the Communist regime. Not really an area you'd like to live in.

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A: In the backyards of Szczecin

by Alexander Jensko, 30 meters away

Rather joyless part of the otherwise nice, lively harbour town of Szczecin.

In the backyards of Szczecin

B: In the backyards of Szczecin

by Alexander Jensko, 40 meters away

Rather joyless part of the otherwise nice, lively harbour town of Szczecin.

In the backyards of Szczecin

C: Schron przeciwatomowy

by Leszek Cuper, 270 meters away

Schron przeciwatomowy

D: PKP First Class Intercity Am

by Willy Kaemena, 280 meters away

Polish first class Intercity car

PKP First Class Intercity Am

E: Szczecin, the Maritime Authority edifice

by Alexander Jensko, 290 meters away

The Maritime Authority building (Urząd Morski) in Stettin/Szczecin is an example of the typical Neogo...

Szczecin, the Maritime Authority edifice

F: Szczecin Maritime Authority

by Alexander Jensko, 300 meters away

An example of neo-gothic architecture in Stettin, domicile of the Maritime Authority of Szczecin (Urz...

Szczecin Maritime Authority

G: Nuclear Shelter

by Szczecin, 300 meters away

Nuclear Shelter

H: Czerwony Ratusz

by Leszek Cuper, 300 meters away

Czerwony Ratusz

I: Czerwony Ratusz

by Leszek Cuper, 310 meters away

Czerwony Ratusz

J: Tobrucki Square

by Szczecin, 340 meters away

Tobrucki Square

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