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

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Since the beginnings of Bielsko the market square was administrative and economic centre. Its size and plan with adjoining street is based on old urban plans from the turn of the 14th century. The most important city buildings are located on the market square: city hall (the seat of municipal authority - the mayor and councilors), city balance, a well and a pillory.

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A: Bielsko-Biała, The Market Square by night

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B: Old town in Bielsko-Biała by night

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Old town in Bielsko-Biała by night

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

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

E: Bielsko-Biala, The St Nicolas Cathedral

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

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G: Bielsko-Biała, Saint Nicholas Square by night

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Bielsko-Biała, Saint Nicholas Square by night

H: Bielsko-Biala, Small green

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I: Bielsko-Biała, Żwirki i Wigury Square

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J: The Castle and Museum in Bielsko-Biała

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