Church of the Madonna della Sunj, Lopud
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Church of the Madonna della Sunj, Lopud

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A: Church st. Nicholas the Greek, Lopud

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B: Monument to Viktor Dyk by Nikola Dobrovic

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C: Unknown chapel on Lopud

by zeljko soletic, 690 meters away

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D: St. John the Baptist Church, Lopud

by zeljko soletic, 720 meters away

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E: View on Lopud

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F: Church of the Holy Cross, Lopud

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Church of the Holy Cross, Lopud

G: Mayneri park

by zeljko soletic, 1.2 km away

Mayneri park

H: Lopud bay

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Lopud bay

I: Lopud beach

by zeljko soletic, 1.2 km away

Lopud beach

J: Church Saint Mary of Spilica

by zeljko soletic, 1.3 km away

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