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Netherlands: View of the Stokstraat and Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk, Maastricht

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A view from the back of the Onze Lieve Vrouwekerk along the Stokstraat.  The Stokstraat area used to be the Ceramic factory
workman’s living quarters across the river and has since been redeveloped into high quality shops and antique dealers.

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