Niebla en el Sil - Ponferrada
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Niebla en el Sil - Ponferrada

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A: Ponferrada Castillo Templario Torre De Monclin

by Henry Alvarez, 240 meters away

A view of the inside court of the Templar Kinghts' Castle in Ponferrada

Ponferrada Castillo Templario Torre De Monclin

B: Castillo Templario de Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 260 meters away

Castillo Templario de Ponferrada

Castillo Templario de Ponferrada

C: Ponferrada Templars' Castle in the fog

by Henry Alvarez, 280 meters away

The Castle of the Templar Knights in Ponferrada veiled by fog, usual in winter

Ponferrada Templars' Castle in the fog

D: Ponferrada Templar Castle

by Henry Alvarez, 290 meters away

A view of the Castle of the Templar Knights in Ponferrada, Leon, Spain, A castle built in the 12th ce...

Ponferrada Templar Castle

E: Ponferrada Castillo Y Calle De Gil Y Carrasco De Noche

by Henry Alvarez, 290 meters away

A view of the castle of the Templar Knights in Ponferrada, northwetern Spain built between the 12th  ...

Ponferrada Castillo Y Calle De Gil Y Carrasco De Noche

F: Ponferrada Patio Del Castillo Templario

by Henry Alvarez, 360 meters away

Inside the Templars Castle in Ponferrada, León, Spain, You can see the old castle from the 12th Centu...

Ponferrada Patio Del Castillo Templario

G: Ponferrada Calle Gil Y Carrasco Noche

by Henry Alvarez, 370 meters away

A view of Ponferrada's Gil y Carrasco Street, with the old and imponent Castle of the Temple Knights,...

Ponferrada Calle Gil Y Carrasco Noche

H: Calle de Gil y Carrasco, Museo de la radio. Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 400 meters away

Calle de Gil y Carrasco, Museo de la radio. Ponferrada

Calle de Gil y Carrasco, Museo de la radio. Ponferrada

J: Pasarela Río Sil Ponferrada

by Diego Rodriguez Regalado, 470 meters away

Pasarela Río Sil Ponferrada

Pasarela Río Sil Ponferrada

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