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A: From the Bell Tower of St. Anne's Church, Warsaw, Poland

by Henk Keijzer, 20 meters away

From the Bell Tower of St. Anne's Church, Warsaw, Poland

From the Bell Tower of St. Anne's Church, Warsaw, Poland

B: Warsaw Old Town Tower

by Marcin Klaban, 20 meters away

Source: wikipedia.org Warsaw's Old Town Market Place (Rynek Starego Miasta) is the center of the Old ...

Warsaw Old Town Tower

C: Warsaw - view from the observation tower

by Mateusz Włodarczyk, 30 meters away

View of Warsaw from the observation tower. Camera: Sony DSLR-A500Lens: Sigma DC 18-200mmFlash: NoShut...

Warsaw - view from the observation tower

D: Old Town Tower

by Marcin Klaban, 30 meters away

Old Town Tower

E: Castle Square

by Michał Chrościcki - BetterView, 30 meters away

Castle Square

F: warsaw. old town

by luis davilla, 50 meters away

warsaw. old town

G: Warsaw - Castle square and Zygmunt's column

by Denny A. Ovchar, 60 meters away

Warsaw - Castle square and Zygmunt's column

H: Sta Ana church. warsaw. poland

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

Sta Ana church. warsaw. poland

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by cwir, 60 meters away

J: Castel Square - Warsaw - Poland

by Luca Tranquilli, 70 meters away

Castel Square - Warsaw - Poland

This panorama was taken in Warsaw, Europe

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