Zapyskis Kite Festival 2012
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Zapyskis Kite Festival 2012

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A: The Kite Festival Nearby The Old Gothic Church of Zapyskis

by Saulius Baublys, 30 meters away

Zapyškis (Polish: Sapieżyszki) is a small town in Kaunas County in central Lithuania on the right ban...

The Kite Festival Nearby The Old Gothic Church of Zapyskis

B: The Old Early Gothic Church of Zapyskis

by Saulius Baublys, 70 meters away

Zapyškis (Polish: Sapieżyszki) is a small town in Kaunas County in central Lithuania on the right ban...

The Old Early Gothic Church of Zapyskis

C: The old early Gothic church of Zapyskis HDR

by Saulius Baublys, 70 meters away

Zapyškis (Polish: Sapieżyszki) is a small town in Kaunas County in central Lithuania on the right ban...

The old early Gothic church of Zapyskis HDR

D: Expedicija Climbing Web

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 8.4 km away

Expedicija Climbing Web

E: Pano 20140420 163412

by Mindaugas J., 9.1 km away

Pano 20140420 163412

F: IX Fort Near The Monument

by Saulius Baublys, 13.8 km away

Ninth FortFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Ninth Fort (Lithuanian: Devintas Fortas) is a stro...

IX Fort Near The Monument

G: IX Fort Near The Monument HDR

by Saulius Baublys, 13.8 km away

Ninth FortFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Ninth Fort (Lithuanian: Devintas Fortas) is a stro...

IX Fort Near The Monument HDR

H: IX Fort

by Saulius Baublys, 13.9 km away

Ninth FortFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Ninth Fort (Lithuanian: Devintas Fortas) is a stro...

IX Fort

I: IX Fort HDR

by Saulius Baublys, 13.9 km away

Ninth FortFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Ninth Fort (Lithuanian: Devintas Fortas) is a stro...

IX Fort HDR

J: Kaunas Confluence

by DJ-Maryxa MC, 14.5 km away

Kaunas, Nemunas & Neris confluence.

Kaunas Confluence

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