Estanque del Retiro. Madrid
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Estanque del Retiro. Madrid

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A: Monumento a Alfonso XII. Estanque del Retiro. Madrid

by Juan Luis Redajo, 140 meters away

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B: Park of the Retiro of Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 150 meters away

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C: Estanque del Retiro. Madrid

by Juan Luis Redajo, 150 meters away

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Estanque del Retiro. Madrid

E: Madrid - Monument for Alfonso XIII

by Carsten Arenz, 160 meters away

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F: Retiro Park Lake, monument to Alfonso XII, Madrid

by Diego Dabrio-Polo, 160 meters away

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G: Monumento a Alfonso XII. Estanque del Retiro. Madrid

by Juan Luis Redajo, 160 meters away

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H: Monumento a Alfonso XII. Estanque del Retiro. Madrid

by Juan Luis Redajo, 160 meters away

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I: Spain, Madrid, Park Retiro

by Thomas Blanket, 160 meters away

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J: Parque del Retiro

by Chris Ellenbogen, 170 meters away

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