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At the Chess tables

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People gather here when it's warm and play chess or other social games. This panorama was taken in the public park of Galati.

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A: Public Park, Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 20 meters away

Walking in the public park on a fine winter morning

Public Park, Galati

B: The pavilion

by Vieru Claudiu, 40 meters away

During the warm season, musicians sometimes gather here and sing for the enjoyment of the people walk...

The pavilion

C: Salon

by Cristi Jora, 2.1 km away



D: Navigation Palace

by Vieru Claudiu, 2.4 km away

You can see in this panorama the Navigation palace and the steamship Tudor Vladimirescu, with a good ...

Navigation Palace

E: Tudor Vladimirescu

by Vieru Claudiu, 2.4 km away

The steamship Tudor Vladimirescu, seen from the bow, resting after many years of service, at it's ber...

Tudor Vladimirescu

F: Perseus

by Vieru Claudiu, 2.5 km away

The motor vessel "Perseus", resting at it's berth in Galati. This multi purpose tug can also be used ...


H: Frozen Danube

by Vieru Claudiu, 2.6 km away

This panorama was taken in Galati, on the 22nd of February 2012. We are standing on the western bank ...

Frozen Danube

I: Neigbourhood in Galati

by Vieru Claudiu, 3.3 km away

Neigbourhood in Galati

J: Near the Danube

by Vieru Claudiu, 3.4 km away

Walking on the shore of the Danube, winter of 2011

Near the Danube

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