Our Lady of the Snow Church



ID number:
02180
Title:
Our Lady of the Snow Church
City:
Description:
Image description is temporarily available only in: Ukrainian
Subject:
Church of Our Lady of the Snow, city construction, Our Lady statue, people, traders, trading booths
Creator:
Unknown
Publisher:
Stefan Wierusz Niemojowski, Lwow
Date:
1904
Format:
90х140 mm
Copyright:
Ihor Kotlobulatov
Collection:
Category:
Technique:
Inscriptions:
Nakł. S.W. Niemojowski. Lwów
75946 Lwów. Kościół Maryi Śnieżnej.

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