Lake Chiche 4
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Lake Chiche 4

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A: Lake Chiche 3

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 410 meters away

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B: Lake Chiche 1

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 780 meters away

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C: Velika Gorica market

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 1.8 km away

Velika Gorica market

D: Abandoned army barracks

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 1.8 km away

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E: Park near museum

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 2.0 km away

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F: Fairground in Kurilovec

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 2.0 km away

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G: Park near school

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 2.2 km away

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H: Hidden warehouse

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 2.3 km away

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I: Old manor Josipovic

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 2.6 km away

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J: Lake KPD 2

by Zeljko Mihanovic, 2.8 km away

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This panorama was taken in Croatia, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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