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Jelgava Palace Park

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A: Jelgava Palace Park (1)

by Uldis Bardins, 40 meters away

Jelgava Palace Park (1)

B: At the entrance gate of Jelgava Palace

by Uldis Bardins, 70 meters away

At the entrance gate of Jelgava Palace

D: Jelgava Palace

by Uldis Bardins, 160 meters away

Jelgava Palace

E: On the bridge over Driksa river in Jelgava

by Uldis Bardins, 200 meters away

On the bridge over Driksa river in Jelgava

F: View of the river Lielupe. Jelgava, Latvia

by Igors Jefimovs, 280 meters away

View of the river Lielupe covered covered with ice on sunny winter day. Pasta island, Jelgava bridge ...

View of the river Lielupe. Jelgava, Latvia

G: River Driksa new embankment and hanging Mitavas bridge

by Igors Jefimovs, 310 meters away

River Driksa new embankement and new Mitavas hanging pedestrian bridge

River Driksa new embankment and hanging Mitavas bridge

H: St. Trinity Church Tower, Jelgava, Latvia

by Igors Jefimovs, 340 meters away

St. Trinity Church Tower, Jelgava, Latvia. St. Trinity Church was built in almost completely destruct...

St. Trinity Church Tower, Jelgava, Latvia

I: Festival of sandy sculptures of 2008

by Dashkov Vladimir, 710 meters away

2th International festival of sandy sculptures „Summer signs 2008", which was conducted in Jelgava.

Festival of sandy sculptures of 2008

J: Lielupe beach, Jelgava, Latvia

by Igors Jefimovs, 780 meters away

Lielupe beach at winter, Jelgava, Latvia

Lielupe beach, Jelgava, Latvia

This panorama was taken in Latvia, Europe

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