Quay of the river Kharkiv
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Quay of the river Kharkiv

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B: New bridge across river Kharkiv

by Taras Kushnirenko, 210 meters away

New bridge across river Kharkiv

C: Fishing at river Lopan

by Taras Kushnirenko, 320 meters away

Fishing at river Lopan

D: Merge of the rivers Lopan and Kharkiv

by Taras Kushnirenko, 360 meters away

Merge of the rivers Lopan and Kharkiv

E: Pier and bridge Lopansky

by Taras Kushnirenko, 390 meters away

Pier and bridge Lopansky

F: Kharkov Organ Hall

by Taranenko Aleksey, 550 meters away

Kharkov Organ Hall

G: Uspensky Cathedral

by Evgeny Barsky, 550 meters away

Uspensky Cathedral

H: Square autumn night

by Maxa Fedyai, 550 meters away

Square autumn night

I: Sobornyj descent

by Evgeny Barsky, 590 meters away

Sobornyj descent

J: Kupechesky bridge

by Taras Kushnirenko, 640 meters away

Kupechesky bridge

This panorama was taken in Ukraine, Europe

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