A Chapel in the Astorga Cathedral
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A Chapel in the Astorga Cathedral

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Little chapel in Astorga's cathedral. Astorga (Asturica augusta) is a little city in north-wstern Spain, founded by Rome's emperor Augustus 2000 years ago.

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H: Iglesia Turienzo

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This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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