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Inner courtyard of the Castel de Belver in Palma de Mallorca

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A: Bellver Exhibition Room

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B: Bellver Castle Courtyard

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D: Bellver Castle Courtyard

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E: Bellver Room

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F: Bellver Room

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G: Bellver Rooftop

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H: Bellver2

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J: Bellver 3

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