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Colegiata Santa Cruz Castañeda :: www.CantabrU.com

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A: Colegiata Santa Cruz Castañeda :: www.CantabrU.com

by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 20 meters away

Colegiata Santa Cruz Castañeda :: www.CantabrU.com

B: Colegiata Santa Cruz Castañeda :: www.CantabrU.com

by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 40 meters away

Colegiata Santa Cruz Castañeda :: www.CantabrU.com

C: Colegiata de Santa Cruz de Castañeda

by 2k10, 50 meters away

Panorama de La Colegiata de Santa Cruz de Castañeda, siglos XI-XII, situada en Socobio, municipio de ...

Colegiata de Santa Cruz de Castañeda

D: Old railway station Puente Viesgo

by 2k10, 2.5 km away

Old railway station in Puente Viesgo, region of "Los Valles Pasiegos", Cantabria, Spain. Located a fe...

Old railway station Puente Viesgo

F: Locomotora Vapor Reyerta :: www.CantabrU.com

by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 2.6 km away

Locomotora Vapor Reyerta :: www.CantabrU.com

G: Wooden bridge in Puente Viesgo

by 2k10, 2.6 km away

Wooden bridge over the river Pas passing through Puente Viesgo, in the region of "Valles Pasiegos", C...

Wooden bridge in Puente Viesgo

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by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 2.8 km away

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by Rodrigo Gonzalez, 3.2 km away

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