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El Prado Park 3

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Parque de El Prado en Vitoria-Gasteiz (European Green Capital 2012). En las fiestas de la Virgen Blanca instalan una zona de "aventura" para los más jóvenes. En la imagen un columpio para niños pintado de blanco.

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A: El Prado Park

by José Antonio González Nieto, 90 meters away

El Prado Park

B: Portal de Castilla-Parade-Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 380 meters away

Portal de Castilla-Parade-Vitoria-Gasteiz

C: Fine Arts Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 450 meters away

Fine Arts Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz

D: Paseo de Fray Francisco de Vitoria

by José Antonio González Nieto, 460 meters away

Paseo de Fray Francisco de Vitoria

E: Paseo de La Senda

by José Antonio González Nieto, 680 meters away

Paseo de La Senda

F: La Florida Park

by José Antonio González Nieto, 750 meters away

La Florida Park

G: Bethlehem in Florida park -Vitoria

by José Antonio González Nieto, 780 meters away

Bethlehem in Florida park -Vitoria

H: Catedral de Snata Maria en Vitoria

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 780 meters away

La Catedral de Santa María de Vitoria, conocida popularmente como Catedral Vieja, es un templo católi...

Catedral de Snata Maria en Vitoria

I: Catedral de Santa Maria en Vitoria (Alava)

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 840 meters away

En la capital alavesa, en lo alto de la colina donde nació la ciudad en 1.181, se levanta, majestuosa...

Catedral de Santa Maria en Vitoria (Alava)

J: Bethlehem in the Florida park-Vitoria-2

by José Antonio González Nieto, 880 meters away

Bethlehem in the Florida park-Vitoria-2

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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