Pskov. Krom. The Trinity cathedral
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Pskov. Krom. The Trinity cathedral

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Pskov is one of oldest towns of Russia. Most significant place of Pskov is named Krom - the fortness in centre of the town.

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A: Pskov. Krom and Trinity cathedral at night.

by Alexey Klement, 80 meters away

Pskov is one of oldest towns of Russia. Most significant place of Pskov is named Krom - the fortness ...

Pskov. Krom and Trinity cathedral at night.

B: Pskov. Sovetskaya quay and the Kremlin

by Vladimir Petrov, 180 meters away

Pskov. Sovetskaya quay and the Kremlin

C: The Veche Square

by Ozerov Andrey, 210 meters away

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D: Memorial Cross in Pskov Kremlin

by Andrey Ilyin, 210 meters away

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E: Pskov. Soviet Embankment.

by Lev Trusov, 250 meters away

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F: estuary Pskova

by Ozerov Andrey, 260 meters away

estuary Pskova

H: Frozen Pskova river

by Vladimir Petrov, 270 meters away

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I: Flooding in the ancient Pskov

by Vladimir Petrov, 300 meters away

Flooding in the ancient Pskov

J: Street Leon Pozemsky

by Vladimir Petrov, 320 meters away

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This panorama was taken in Pskov, Europe

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