Plaza de la Virgen Blanca
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Plaza de la Virgen Blanca

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La Plaza de la Virgen Blanca se encuentra en el centro de la ciudad de Vitoria-Gasteiz (European Green Capital 2012). En esta plaza se inician las fiestas de la ciudad con la popular bajada de Celedón desde la iglesia de San Miguel.

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A: Plaza de la Virgen Blanca de Vitoria-Gasteis

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 20 meters away

Nombre de la primitiva aldea donde el rey Sancho VI de Navarra fundó la ciudad en el año 1181— y ofic...

Plaza de la Virgen Blanca de Vitoria-Gasteis

B: Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 90 meters away

Plaza del Ayuntamiento de Vitoria-Gasteiz

C: Iglesia de San Miguel en Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 100 meters away

Iglesia de San Miguel en Vitoria-Gasteiz

D: Zona De Los Arquillos

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 150 meters away

Zona De Los Arquillos

E: Vitoria

by Roberto Cacho, 150 meters away

Vitoria

F: Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol en Vitoria-Gasteis

by José Luis Eléxpuru, 150 meters away

La torre es barroca, con cubo del siglo XVII y chapitel del XVIII, obra de Valerio de Ascorbe, muy pa...

Iglesia de San Pedro Apostol en Vitoria-Gasteis

G: Main facade of the Palace of Villasuso in Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 150 meters away

Main facade of the Palace of Villasuso in Vitoria-Gasteiz

H: Courtyard of the Villasuso Palace in Vitoria-Gasteiz

by José Antonio González Nieto, 170 meters away

Courtyard of the Villasuso Palace in Vitoria-Gasteiz

I: Villasuso Palace

by José Antonio González Nieto, 170 meters away

Villasuso Palace

J: The New Cathedral of Vitoria

by José Antonio González Nieto, 180 meters away

Entorno de la Catedral Nueva de Vitoria-Gasteiz, con el Parlamento Vasco, el parque de La Florida y l...

The New Cathedral of Vitoria

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