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Bielsko-Biała, Saint Nicholas Square by night

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A: Bielsko-Biała, Saint Nicholas Square a bird's eye view

by Marek Kocjan, 30 meters away

The City Moat - relicts of the city moat were uncovered on Św. Trójcy Street and St. Nicolas Square. ...

Bielsko-Biała, Saint Nicholas Square a bird's eye view

C: Panorama from the tower of the St. Nicholas Cathedral by night

by Marek Kocjan, 50 meters away

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Panorama from the tower of the St. Nicholas Cathedral by night

D: Old town in Bielsko-Biała by night

by Marek Kocjan, 70 meters away

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Old town in Bielsko-Biała by night

E: Bielsko-Biala, The St Nicolas Cathedral

by Marek Kocjan, 80 meters away

The cathedral was founded by Duke of Cieszyn Wacław I; it was built between 1443 and 1447 in gothic s...

Bielsko-Biala, The St Nicolas Cathedral

F: Bielsko-Biała, The Market Square bird's eye view

by Marek Kocjan, 110 meters away

Since the beginnings of Bielsko the market square was administrative and economic centre. Its size an...

Bielsko-Biała, The Market Square bird's eye view

G: Bielsko-Biała, The Market Square by night

by Marek Kocjan, 140 meters away

Since the beginnings of Bielsko the market square was administrative and economic centre. Its size an...

Bielsko-Biała, The Market Square by night

H: Bielsko-Biała, Żwirki i Wigury Square

by Marek Kocjan, 160 meters away

Bielsko-Biała, Żwirki i Wigury Square

I: Bielsko-Biala, Small green

by Marek Kocjan, 180 meters away

Bielsko-Biala, Small green

J: Bielsko-Biala, The Trinity Church

by Marek Kocjan, 220 meters away

It was built as a protestant church between 1604 and 1608 by Szymon Georg. Since 1654 i became cathol...

Bielsko-Biala, The Trinity Church

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