Arc in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid
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Arc in the Plaza Mayor of Madrid

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A: Mayor square of Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 50 meters away

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B: Madrid - Plaza Mayor at Night

by Carsten Arenz, 50 meters away

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Madrid - Plaza Mayor at Night

C: Christmas at Plaza Mayor, Madrid

by Jaime Brotons, 60 meters away

Christmas at Plaza Mayor, Madrid

D: Major Place

by Lorenzo Valles Vila, 60 meters away

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Major Place

E: Madrid - Plaza Mayor

by Carsten Arenz, 60 meters away

Plaza Mayor in Madrid is one of the biggest squares of this kind in Spain. It is remarkable in size a...

Madrid - Plaza Mayor

F: Plaza Mayor

by Armin Leuprecht, 60 meters away

Plaza Mayor

G: Plaza Mayor

by Rafael DeVill, 60 meters away

Plaza Mayor means mains square in Spanish. In the middle ages it wasn't only the center of the city, ...

Plaza Mayor

H: Plaza Mayor

by Willy Kaemena, 60 meters away

Wikipedia: "The Plaza Mayor built during the Habsburg period is a central plaza in the city of Madrid...

Plaza Mayor

I: The provincia square of madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 60 meters away

The provincia square of madrid

J: Salt street of madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 60 meters away

Salt street of madrid

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