Market day on the Visbrug
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Market day on the Visbrug

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A: Sleutelstad (key city) 93.7 fm.

by Jan Mulder, 50 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Sleutelstad (key city) 93.7 fm.

B: On the wall of fortification De Burcht

by Jan Mulder, 80 meters away

Inside fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

On the wall of fortification De Burcht

C: Inside fortification De Burcht

by Jan Mulder, 90 meters away

Inside fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Inside fortification De Burcht

D: Catholic church Hartebrugkerk

by Jan Mulder, 100 meters away

Catholic church Hartebrugkerk in Leiden. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Catholic church Hartebrugkerk

E: Entrance of fortification De Burcht.

by Jan Mulder, 120 meters away

Entrance of fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Entrance of fortification De Burcht.

F: Along the street and river Oude Rijn

by Jan Mulder, 120 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Along the street and river Oude Rijn

G: Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht

by Jan Mulder, 140 meters away

Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht

H: Oxford - Leiden 1946-1996

by Jan Mulder, 140 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Oxford - Leiden 1946-1996

I: Town hall

by Jan Mulder, 150 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Town hall

J: Koornbrug market bridge

by Jan Mulder, 160 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Koornbrug market bridge

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, Europe

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