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Flying above the st Jacobsplaats, Rotterdam

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flying at an altitude of 160ft above the St Laurensplaats, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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A: Rotterdam city hall council chamber

by Robin Waarts, 330 meters away

Rotterdam city hall council chamber

B: Rotterdam Stadhuis wachtruimte

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Rotterdam Stadhuis wachtruimte

C: The Townhall of Rotterdam

by Sven Fennema, 350 meters away

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D: On the roof of the Hofpoort

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 350 meters away

This panorama shows the view from the Hofpoort in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

On the roof of the Hofpoort

E: Arial View on the Grote Kerkplein, Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 360 meters away

Flying at an altitude of 90ft above the Grote Kerkplein, Rotterdam

Arial View on the Grote Kerkplein, Rotterdam

F: Laurenskerk Rotterdam

by Marcel wagenaar, 370 meters away

Laurenskerk, Rotterdam

Laurenskerk Rotterdam

G: Projector Exhibition at the old City Hall of Rotterdam

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 370 meters away

Projector Exhibition at the old City Hall of Rotterdam

Projector Exhibition at the old City Hall of Rotterdam

H: Rotterdam - Laurenskerk

by Marco den Herder, 370 meters away

Rotterdam - Laurenskerk

I: City Racing Rotterdam, Hofplein

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 390 meters away

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City Racing Rotterdam, Hofplein

J: Le Grand Départ de Tour de France in Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 400 meters away

This panorama shows the start of the Tour de France in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on the 4th of July ...

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