Osijek Old Town - Water Gate
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Osijek Old Town - Water Gate

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Water Gate (Croatian:Vodena Vrata) at the entrance to Osijek old town 'Tvrđa'. This gate is the only surviving gate out of four that were originally built.

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A: Osijek Old Town - Tvrđa-1

by Igor Adamec, 70 meters away

Osijek old town-Tvrđa

Osijek Old Town - Tvrđa-1

B: Osijek Old Town - Tvrđa-2

by Igor Adamec, 100 meters away

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Osijek Old Town - Tvrđa-2

C: Osijek - Holy Trinity Square

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D: View at the Osijek old town

by Igor Adamec, 200 meters away

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E: Osijek - Church Of St Michael

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F: Footbridge over Drava river

by Igor Adamec, 990 meters away

Footbridge over Drava river

G: Bridge Over the River Drava - Osijek.

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I: Osijek - Ante Starcevic Square

by Vlatko Šplihal, 1.6 km away

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J: Osijek cathedral

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