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bridge over the Riano swamp of leon

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A: Marsh of Riaño

by jose-ignacio-teran, 390 meters away

Marsh of Riaño

B: Cimadevilla square of riaño

by jose-ignacio-teran, 820 meters away

Cimadevilla square of riaño

C: Riaño Hotel street

by jose-ignacio-teran, 870 meters away

Riaño Hotel street

D: Seat of the towns of Riaño

by jose-ignacio-teran, 920 meters away

Seat of the towns of Riaño

E: Pico Gilbo. Horcadas.

by Luis Antonio San Millán, 2.9 km away

Pico Gilbo. Horcadas.

F: Ermita Pantano

by jose-ignacio-teran, 3.4 km away

Ermita Pantano

G: Pico Yordas (lado pantano)

by Luis Antonio San Millán, 3.9 km away

Pico Yordas (lado pantano)

H: Pico Yordas (lado sin pantano)

by Luis Antonio San Millán, 4.1 km away

Pico Yordas (lado sin pantano)

I: Piedra Del Agua, Tejerina.

by Luis Antonio San Millán, 4.8 km away

Piedra Del Agua, Tejerina.

J: Riano from the brown rock 1 of Prioro

by jose-ignacio-teran, 5.9 km away

Riano from the brown rock 1 of Prioro

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