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Golden autumn on the ruins of Krimulda Castle, Latvia

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A: Ruins of Krimulda castle, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 120 meters away

Ruins of Krimulda castle, Latvia

B: Aerial 360° panorama of the Turaida estate, Latvia

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C: On a sunny autumn day near the Turaida wooden church

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D: Traditional pagan celebration of summer solstice in Turaida, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 6.3 km away

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F: Turaida Castle, Latvia

by Vil Muhametshin, 6.5 km away

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G: Krimulda Castle Ruins

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H: View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

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View from the tower of Turaida Castle, Latvia

J: Gutmana Cave in the Gauja National Park

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