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La plaza Euskadi en Bilbao, con el Museo de Bellas Artes, la imponente Torre de Iberdrola, el nuevo edificio Artklass. La foto está tomada desde el centro de la plaza.

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A: Iberdrola Tower - Bilbao

by José Antonio González Nieto, 50 meters away

Iberdrola Tower - Bilbao

B: euskadi square in bilbao, spain

by luis davilla, 60 meters away

euskadi square in bilbao, spain

euskadi square in bilbao, spain

C: museum of fine arts and iberdrola tower in bilbao, spain

by luis davilla, 70 meters away

museum of fine arts and iberdrola tower in bilbao, spain

museum of fine arts and iberdrola tower in bilbao, spain

D: iberdrola tower and museum of fine arts. bilbao

by luis davilla, 100 meters away

iberdrola tower and museum of fine arts. bilbao, spain

iberdrola tower and museum of fine arts. bilbao

E: atrium of iberdrola tower in bilbao, spain

by luis davilla, 110 meters away

atrium of iberdrola tower in bilbao, spain

atrium of iberdrola tower in bilbao, spain

F: guggenheim museum in bilbao

by luis davilla, 220 meters away

guggenheim museum in bilbao

guggenheim museum in bilbao

G: Guggenheim

by josu barandiaran, 280 meters away

Guggenheim

H: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao - Puppy

by José Antonio González Nieto, 290 meters away

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao - Puppy

I: 20130608 Bilbao Guggenheim Panoramica 0834 0846

by JC Santamaria, 310 meters away

20130608 Bilbao Guggenheim Panoramica 0834 0846

J: guggenheim bilbao and iberdrola tower, spain

by luis davilla, 330 meters away

guggenheim bilbao and iberdrola tower, spain

guggenheim bilbao and iberdrola tower, spain

This panorama was taken in Northern Spain, Europe

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