Our Lady of the Snow Church



ID number:
02181
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, Krakowski Square, Żółkiewska Street, people, carts
Creator:
Unknown
Publisher:
Leopold Weisz, Budapest
Date:
1906-1910
Format:
90х140 mm
Copyright:
Ihor Kotlobulatov
Collection:
Category:
Technique:
Inscriptions:
W.L.Bp.[Weisz Leopold (Lipot), Budapeszt]
265520282o Lwów - Lemberg. Kościół Maryi Śnieżnej - Marien Kirche.

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