Madrid Alcala street
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Madrid Alcala street

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The old financial district in Madrid, Spain, expanded aroun this street in the beginning of the XXth century. You can see some beautiful buildings in all the surrounding streets

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A: Cross Seville-Alcala

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B: Casino de Madrid.

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C: madrid from alcala street

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D: madrid from alcala street

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F: madrid from alcala street

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G: Real Basilica de SAn Francisco El Grande

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H: Madrid Museo

od soledad-tante-agudo, 110 meters away

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I: Carrera de San Jerónimo

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J: Canalejas square of madrid

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