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Bytca - The parish church of All Saints - exterior

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A: Bytca Town Office

by Miroslav Olesnanik, 20 meters away

Bytca Town Office

B: Bytca - The parish church of All Saints - interior

by Miroslav Olesnanik, 50 meters away

Bytca - The parish church of All Saints - interior

C: Bytca sqare of Slovak Republic - center

by Miroslav Olesnanik, 100 meters away

Bytca sqare of Slovak Republic - center

D: Bytca sqare of Slovak Republic - NW corner

by Miroslav Olesnanik, 110 meters away

Bytca sqare of Slovak Republic - NW corner

E: Manor in Bytca outer part

by Miroslav Olesnanik, 210 meters away

Manor in Bytca outer part

F: Thurzo - mansion end palace - Bytca

by Slavomír Lapka, 220 meters away

Thurzo - mansion end palace - Bytca

G: Manor in Bytca inner part

by Miroslav Olesnanik, 220 meters away

Manor in Bytca inner part

H: Synagogue Bytca

by Pavol Sandor, 230 meters away

Synagogue Bytca

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by Miroslav Olesnanik, 230 meters away

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by Miroslav Olesnanik, 250 meters away

This panorama was taken in Slovakia, Europe

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