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CIA World Factbook Photos, 12: Russia, Estonia, Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic

Posted by Laurie Frost on March 16, 2010

Judging by the laspes between posts, I think I’m getting bored with this world tour through the CIA Factbook , so let’s get on with it. Just have Europe left to go, but I don’t want to neglect this because it just isn’t that easy to find contemporary photos of  these countries that are unambiguously in the public domain. I suspect that those on the CIA Factbook site are submitted by employees who snapped them during their travels — they aren’t usually examples of Photography with a capital P — but that isn’t the focus of this blog. It’s public domain images, ones you can use without risk of a battle down the road.


Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow.

Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, Saint Petersburg.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, burial site of most Russian emperors  from Peter I to Nicholas II.

 A few of the 64 fountains of  Peterhof Palace, near Saint Petersburg and the Gulf of Finland.

Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, formerly the imperial Winter Palace.


Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn, Estonia.

The Town Hall of Tallinn, Estonia was erected in 1404, replacing one dating from the early 12th century.

The Estonian parliament, or Riigikogu, meets in Toompeas Castle in Tallenin.


National Museum. Lviv, Ukraine.


Gdansk Town Hall.

An altar constructed of salt in the Wieliczka salt mines.

 Entrance building to the Auschwitz II (Birkenau) death camp in Oswiecim.


 Auschwitz II barracks.

Warsaw Uprising Memorial, Warsaw, Poland.

The Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Stanislaw and Vaclav, or Wawel Cathedral,  Krakow.

Czech Republic

 Hradcany (or the castle district), St. Vitus Cathedral, and the Vltava River in Prague.

 Church of Our Lady in Front of Tyn ( Tyn Cathedral), Old Town Square,  Prague.

Powder Tower, Prague, erected in 1475 on the site of one of the city’s 13 eleventh century gates.

 Stramberk , Moravia, Czech Republic.

Karlovy Vary, a spa town.

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