The Center of Petrich
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The Center of Petrich

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A: Lazar Madjarov Street

by Dimitar Torbov, 140 meters away

This is the most popular street in Petrich.

Lazar Madjarov Street

B: Assumption of Mary Church in Petrich

by Dimitar Torbov, 360 meters away

Assumption of Mary Church in Petrich

C: A Fountain in Petrich

by Dimitar Torbov, 630 meters away

A fountain in front of the Petrich Municipality.

A Fountain in Petrich

D: Sunny bench in Sandansky park

by Dimitar Torbov, 20.9 km away

Sunny bench in Sandansky park

E: The Lake of Sandanski

by Dimitar Torbov, 21.0 km away

The Lake of Sandanski

F: Ancient Church of St Barbara, Melnik, Bulgaria

by Dimitar Georgiev - Matio, 21.4 km away

Ancient Church of St Barbara, Melnik, Bulgaria

H: Kerkini Lake, Greece

by George Atanasov, 22.5 km away

Kerkini Lake, Greece

This panorama was taken in Bulgaria, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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