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A: Obidos medieval festival

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 40 meters away

obidos medieval festival

Obidos medieval festival

B: Obidos Castle

by Willy Kaemena, 60 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal Sep. 2004http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Óbidos,_Portugal

Obidos  Castle

C: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 100 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal

Obidos

D: Castelo de Óbidos

by Sotero Ferreira, 110 meters away

Castelo de Óbidos

E: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 160 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal

Obidos

F: Inside St Mary's Church in Obidos, Portugal

by Michael Zander, 200 meters away

Inside St Mary's Church in Obidos, Portugal. A beautifully tiled and painted Church in the old town o...

Inside St Mary's Church in Obidos, Portugal

G: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 250 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal Sept. 2004

Obidos

H: Obidos

by Willy Kaemena, 460 meters away

Historic Village of Obidos Portugal Sep. 2004

Obidos

I: Porta da muralha Óbidos

by Sotero Ferreira, 490 meters away

Porta da muralha Óbidos

J: Our Lord Jesus of the Stone sanctuary, Obidos Portugal

by Studio Mambeau - Martijn Baudoin, 630 meters away

Our Lord Jesus of the Stone sanctuary, Obidos Portugal

Our Lord Jesus of the Stone sanctuary, Obidos Portugal

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