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Vitoria

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A: Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol en Vitoria-Gasteis

by José Luis Eléxpuru, less than 10 meters away

La torre es barroca, con cubo del siglo XVII y chapitel del XVIII, obra de Valerio de Ascorbe, muy pa...

Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol en Vitoria-Gasteis

B: Zona De Los Arquillos

by José Luis Eléxpuru, less than 10 meters away

Zona De Los Arquillos

C: Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 70 meters away

Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz

D: Main facade of the Palace of Villasuso in Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 80 meters away

Main facade of the Palace of Villasuso in Vitoria-Gasteiz

E: Villasuso Palace

by José Antonio González Nieto, 80 meters away

Villasuso Palace

F: Courtyard of the Villasuso Palace in Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 110 meters away

Courtyard of the Villasuso Palace in Vitoria-Gasteiz

G: Iglesia de San Miguel en Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 110 meters away

Iglesia de San Miguel en Vitoria-Gasteiz

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by José Antonio González Nieto, 140 meters away

I: Plaza de la Virgen Blanca de Vitoria-Gasteis

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 140 meters away

Nombre de la primitiva aldea donde el rey Sancho VI de Navarra fundó la ciudad en el año 1181— y ofic...

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca de Vitoria-Gasteis

J: Vitoria-Gasteiz's walls

by José Antonio González Nieto, 150 meters away

Vitoria-Gasteiz's walls

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