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A: Kishinev - Mitropolit Dosoftei str. - Downtown

by Artur Paluta, 460 meters away

Kishinev. Mitropolit Dosoftei str. Downtown Night. In front can be seen Cathedral Ensemble. In the ri...

Kishinev - Mitropolit Dosoftei str. - Downtown

B: Kishinev - Interior of the Cathedral "Nasterea Domnului"

by Artur Paluta, 550 meters away

Cathedral "Nasterea Domnului" ("Birth of God") is the national importance monument. It has been built...

Kishinev - Interior of the Cathedral "Nasterea Domnului"

C: Cathedral, Kishinev , Moldova 2009 12 31

by Nikolai Soloviov, 570 meters away

Cathedral, Kishinev , Moldova 2009 12 31

D: Kishinev - Night View - Skytower Shopping Centre and University "ULIM"

by Artur Paluta, 580 meters away

Kishinev, downtown, night view. Skytower Business centre and International University ULIM lights in ...

Kishinev - Night View - Skytower Shopping Centre and University "ULIM"

E: Kishinev - Cathedral "Nasterea Domnului"

by Artur Paluta, 600 meters away

Cathedral "Nasterea Domnului" ("Birth of God") is the national importance monument. It has been built...

Kishinev - Cathedral "Nasterea Domnului"

F: Kishinev Flower Shops Bodoni Street

by Artur Paluta, 610 meters away

In the center of Kishinev, along the Banulescu Bodoni street are placed plenty of flower shops, lots ...

Kishinev Flower Shops Bodoni Street

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