Sankt Florian, basilica and monastery
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Sankt Florian, basilica and monastery

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A: Sankt Florian Abbey, the fountain in the courtyard

by Roberto Scavino, 70 meters away

Sankt Florian Abbey, the fountain in the courtyard

B: St. Florian's Church

by Wolfgang Diesenreiter, 140 meters away

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C: Herbstlaub

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D: Pichlingersee

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 3.6 km away

Pichlingersee

E: Anton Bruckners birthplace

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F: Sandra und Michael

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 6.5 km away

Sandra und Michael

G: Pfarrhof Ansfelden

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 6.5 km away

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H: Traunkraftwerk, Traun-Power Plant

by Erwin LEIMLEHNER, 7.3 km away

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I: Enns, the Hauptplatz and the Stadtturm

by Roberto Scavino, 7.6 km away

Enns, the Hauptplatz and the Stadtturm

J: Westbahnzug Unterseite

by Willy Kaemena, 7.8 km away

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