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courtyard of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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A: Main courtyard of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by Henk Keijzer, 20 meters away

Main courtyard of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Main courtyard of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

B: courtyard of the kings from library basilic in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 20 meters away

courtyard of the kings from library basilic in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

courtyard of the kings from library basilic in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

C: Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

by Juan Luis Redajo, 30 meters away

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

D: library in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 30 meters away

library in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

library in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

E: charter rooms in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

charter rooms in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

charter rooms in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

F: pantheon of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

pantheon of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

pantheon of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

G: library of Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

library of Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

library of Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

H: hall of battles in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

hall of battles in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

hall of battles in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

I: hall of battles in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

hall of battles in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

hall of battles in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

J: library in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

library in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

library in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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