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Haapsalu Episcopal Castle

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The episcopal castle of Haapsalu is one of the most remarkable examples of Estonian Middle-Age fortress architecture, the glory of which can be traced today only by ruins. Castle is also knowh because of the legend of White Lady who's figure appears on a window on the southern wall of Haapsalu Dome Church during the full moon nights in August.

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A: Main gate of Haapsalu Episcopal castle

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C: Rear gate of Haapsalu Episcopal castle

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E: Crossing of Karja and Ehte street

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F: Haapsalu, Mängu Street

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G: Church Of The Congregation Of Maria Magdalena

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H: Church Of The Congregation Of Maria Magdalena

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I: Haapsalu, crossing of Wiedemanni and Ehte street

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J: Haapsalu, On the corner of Wiedemanni and Saue street

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