Der Aa-kerk Groningen
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Der Aa-kerk Groningen

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The Der Aa-kerk is one of the two still existing medieval churches in the center of the city of Groningen. The current church tower was built in 1711 and is approximately 76 meters high.

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B: WinterWelVaart Groningen (Pottebakkersrijge)

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C: WinterWelVaart Groningen (A-Brug)

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E: Vismarkt Groningen at Dusk

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I: Hoge & Lage der A Groningen

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