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The Russian Orthodox Church of St. Michael and St. Constantine
Royal Palace – Inner Courtyard
Church of the Holy Spirit & Former Dominican Monastery (Exterior)
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Photo Slider Old Town in Vilnius: Vilnius University and Monastery Quarter
Literatų Street
Karaites of New Trakai
Chodkiewicz Palace – Vilnius Picture Gallery & Lithuanian Art Museum
Vilnius Old Town Hall
“Republic of Užupis”
Vilnius Christmas Tree
Defensive City Walls of Vilnius
Church of St. Nicholas
The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania
Chapel of St. Casimir (interior)
Church of the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary and the Franciscan Monastery
St. Johns’ Church
Jewish Quarter (I)
Bailey of Trakai Island Castle
Church of Blessed Mary the Comforter and the Augustine Monastery
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