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Town Hall Tower

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Handheld HDR panorama of Kraków's Town Hall Tower.

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A: Krakow Market Square Church

by Jeffrey Martin, 20 meters away

Krakow Market Square Church

B: Rynek Glowny 1

by Karol Kwiatek, 30 meters away

Rynek Glowny 1

C: Cleaning Market Square in the Morning

by Jeffrey Martin, 30 meters away

Here we are in Krakow's Market Square. There is an archaeological dig going on, and they're cleaning ...

Cleaning Market Square in the Morning

D: Large square by night (1 of 4)

by Jan Mulder, 40 meters away

Photo's taken on December 29, 2012.

Large square by night (1 of 4)

E: Plac Mariacki

by Maciej G. Szling, 40 meters away

Plac Mariacki

F: St. Mary's Basilica

by Jeffrey Martin, 40 meters away

St. Mary's Basilica (Polish: Kościół Mariacki), is a Brick Gothic church built in the 14th century, a...

St. Mary's Basilica

G: Pomnik Adama Mickiewicza

by Maciej G. Szling, 50 meters away

Pomnik Adama Mickiewicza

H: Krakau - city-center, blanket-halls

by H.J.Weber, 50 meters away

Krakau - city-center, blanket-halls

I: Kraków bazylika

by Maciej G. Szling, 50 meters away

Kraków bazylika

J: Cracow - St. Mary's Basilica

by maciek mucha, 50 meters away

Cracow - St. Mary's Basilica

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