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Aušros vartų street

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A: 2013 08 10 2222 Vilnius Portobello Arka

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B: Church of the Holy Trinity

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C: Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

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D: Philharmonic

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E: Filharmonija

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F: Šv. Kazimiero gatvė

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Šv. Kazimiero gatvė

G: Aušros vartai

by Jonas Nosalis, 150 meters away

Aušros vartai

H: Lazdynų pelėda

by Jonas Nosalis, 190 meters away

Lazdynų pelėda

I: Vilniaus Šv. Kazimiero bažnyčia

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J: Gates of Dawn

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