Mercado de San Miguel. Madrid
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Mercado de San Miguel. Madrid

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A: Spain, Madrid, Mercado De San Miguel

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B: Madrid - Plaza Villa

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C: Spain, Madrid, Plaza Mayor

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D: Basilica Pontifical of san miguel, descent to the crypt

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Basilica Pontifical of san miguel, descent to the crypt

E: square of the villa of Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 120 meters away

square of the villa of Madrid

F: Plaza Mayor de Madrid

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G: madrid mayor square in christmas

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madrid mayor square in christmas

H: Spain, Madrid, Plaza De La Villa

by Thomas Blanket, 120 meters away

Spain, Madrid, Plaza De La Villa

I: Basilica Pontifical de San Miguel de Madrid, Office

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Basilica Pontifical de San Miguel de Madrid, Office

J: door of the cuchilleros arc

by jose-ignacio-teran, 130 meters away

door of the cuchilleros arc

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