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Palacio Real en la Plaza de Oriente de Madrid

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Palacio Real en la Plaza de Oriente de Madrid

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A: Orient Square at night: Royal Palace

by Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, 10 meters away

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Orient Square at night: Royal Palace

B: Real Palace of Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 20 meters away

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Real Palace of Madrid

C:

by Jaime Brotons, 40 meters away

D: Carrusel at Royal Palace, Madrid

by Jaime Brotons, 50 meters away

Carrusel at Royal Palace, Madrid

E: Palacio Real de Madrid

by Armin Leuprecht, 80 meters away

Palacio Real de Madrid

F: Orient Square at night: Felipe IV equestrian statue

by Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, 80 meters away

A 360º take from the series "Madrid Night - October 2009" that shows an elevated view of the Orient S...

Orient Square at night: Felipe IV equestrian statue

G: Tourists at Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

by Jaime Brotons, 100 meters away

Tourists at Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

H: Plaza Oriente de Madrid 1

by jose-ignacio-teran, 100 meters away

Plaza Oriente de Madrid 1

I:

by Jaime Brotons, 120 meters away

J: Teatro Real de Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 130 meters away

Teatro Real de Madrid

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