Catedral de Snata Maria en Vitoria
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Catedral de Snata Maria en Vitoria

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La Catedral de Santa María de Vitoria, conocida popularmente como Catedral Vieja, es un templo católico de estilo gótico situado en la ciudad de Vitoria, capital de la provincia vasca de Álava en España.

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A: Paseo de la musica

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 60 meters away

Paseo de la musica en Vitoria, Alava

Paseo de la musica

B: Catedral de Santa Maria en Vitoria (Alava)

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 60 meters away

En la capital alavesa, en lo alto de la colina donde nació la ciudad en 1.181, se levanta, majestuosa...

Catedral de Santa Maria en Vitoria (Alava)

C: Bethlehem in Florida park -Vitoria

by José Antonio González Nieto, 100 meters away

Bethlehem in Florida park -Vitoria

D: Vista de la Catedral Santa Maria de Vitoria-Gasteis

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 110 meters away

Vista de la catedral Santa Maria de Vitoria, en un día de Agostos de 2011

Vista de la Catedral Santa Maria de Vitoria-Gasteis

E: Bethlehem in the Florida park-Vitoria-2

by José Antonio González Nieto, 160 meters away

Bethlehem in the Florida park-Vitoria-2

F: La Florida Park

by José Antonio González Nieto, 170 meters away

La Florida Park

G: The New Cathedral of Vitoria

by José Antonio González Nieto, 170 meters away

Entorno de la Catedral Nueva de Vitoria-Gasteiz, con el Parlamento Vasco, el parque de La Florida y l...

The New Cathedral of Vitoria

H: Paseo de La Senda

by José Antonio González Nieto, 300 meters away

Paseo de La Senda

I: Plaza de la Virgen Blanca

by José Antonio González Nieto, 350 meters away

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca

J: Plaza de la Virgen Blanca de Vitoria-Gasteis

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 360 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

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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