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A: Kiosko of Seat of the castle of pamplona

by jose-ignacio-teran, less than 10 meters away

Kiosko of Seat of the castle of pamplona

B: Seat of the castle of pamplona

by jose-ignacio-teran, 20 meters away

Seat of the castle of pamplona

C: Img 384165

by josu barandiaran, 160 meters away

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D: Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Pamplona

by jose-ignacio-teran, 180 meters away

Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Pamplona

E: Church of San Saturnino of Pamplona

by jose-ignacio-teran, 220 meters away

Church of San Saturnino of Pamplona

F: Florencio Ansoleaga Pamplona

by jose-ignacio-teran, 230 meters away

Florencio Ansoleaga Pamplona

G: Plaza San Francisco de Pamplona

by jose-ignacio-teran, 260 meters away

Plaza San Francisco de Pamplona

H: Img 387080

by josu barandiaran, 280 meters away

The Constable Palace is a building dating from 1550. A few of years ago it was transformed into a pla...

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I: San Jose

by josu barandiaran, 380 meters away

This is a small square by the side of the Catedral. It gives way to the city walls, along a narrow st...

San Jose

J: ETXABAKOITZ

by Lademanda manda, 3.4 km away

Es uno de los barrios con mas personalidad de Iruña, situado en las afuerasde la ciudad en la parte s...

ETXABAKOITZ

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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