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Park Kadriorg Japanese Garden

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A: Park Kadriorg Japanese Garden

by Andrew Bodrov, 30 meters away

Park Kadriorg Japanese Garden

B: Park Kadriorg Japanese Garden

by Ormar Tamm, 40 meters away

Park Kadriorg Japanese Garden

C: "A path in the forest" installation by Tetsuo Kondo

by Andrew Bodrov, 100 meters away

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"A path in the forest" installation by Tetsuo Kondo

D: Russalka memorial

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E: Swans at waterfront in Tallinn

by Andrew Bodrov, 480 meters away

Swans at waterfront in Tallinn

F: Frozen waterfront

by Andrew Bodrov, 510 meters away

Frozen waterfront

G: XI Youth Song and Dance Celebration

by Andrew Bodrov, 520 meters away

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I: Pano

by Andrew Bodrov, 530 meters away

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