Lokrum island in the summer
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Panoramic photo by zeljko soletic EXPERT MAESTRO Taken 01:41, 12/01/2014 - Views loading...


Lokrum island in the summer

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A: Croatia, Lokrum, Road to sea

by Pavel Razzorenov, 150 meters away

Croatia, Lokrum, Road to sea

Croatia, Lokrum, Road to sea

B: Lokrum Botanical garden

by zeljko soletic, 220 meters away

Lokrum Botanical garden

C: Picturing the tree

by zeljko soletic, 270 meters away

Picturing the tree

F: Ruins on Lokrum

by zeljko soletic, 300 meters away

Ruins on Lokrum

H: Fort Royal Lokrum - lower floor

by zeljko soletic, 360 meters away

Fort Royal Lokrum - lower floor

I: Fort Royal Castle

by zeljko soletic, 370 meters away

Fort Royal Castle

J: The interior of Fort Royal Castle

by zeljko soletic, 370 meters away

The interior of Fort Royal Castle

This panorama was taken in Croatia, Europe

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