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Paralia - Main Square

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The main square of the village of Paralia is situated at the shore, next to the St. Paraskevi church.

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A: St Paraskevi Church Paralia Katerini

by Daniel Mihut, less than 10 meters away

St Paraskevi Church Paralia Katerini

B: Paralia - Pier at the St. Paraskevi Church

by Marko Randjic, 40 meters away

The lonely pier stands at the large beach, near the Church of St. Paraskevi in Paralia. The jumping a...

Paralia - Pier at the St. Paraskevi Church

C: Paralia - Church of St. Paraskevi

by Marko Randjic, 60 meters away

The church dedicated to St. Paraskevi in Paralia, Pieria, Greece. The church is adjacent to the main ...

Paralia - Church of St. Paraskevi

D: Paralia Katerini

by Daniel Mihut, 160 meters away

Paralia Katerini

E: Katerini (Κατερίνη)

by Stathis Papadopoulos, 7.5 km away

Katerini (Κατερίνη)

F: Katerini A

by Valentin Arfire, 7.6 km away

Katerini A

G: Katerini B

by Valentin Arfire, 7.6 km away

Katerini B

H: Katerini C

by Valentin Arfire, 7.6 km away

Katerini C

I: Katerini E

by Valentin Arfire, 7.6 km away

Katerini E

J: Katerini G

by Valentin Arfire, 7.6 km away

Katerini G

This panorama was taken in Greece, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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