Raadhuisplein, Zwijndrecht
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Raadhuisplein, Zwijndrecht

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City hall square in Zijndrecht. taken before the renovation of the square. The Cityhall was built in 1933 and was intended as a city hall, police station and post office. It has been restored in the original state of 1933 (including the safe and jail in the basement)

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