Rastro De Madrid
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Rastro De Madrid

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A: Casa Amadeo - Los Caracoles

by Jose Maria Ocana Rizo, 40 meters away

Casa Amadeo  -  Los Caracoles

B: Plaza Cascorro Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 60 meters away

Plaza Cascorro Madrid

C: A scooter in La Latina at night

by pau valiente, 140 meters away

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A scooter in La Latina at night

D: Colegiata de San Isidro de Madrid 1

by jose-ignacio-teran, 240 meters away

Colegiata de San Isidro de Madrid 1

E: Colegiata de San Isidro de Madrid 2

by jose-ignacio-teran, 240 meters away

Colegiata de San Isidro de Madrid 2

F: Colegiata De San Isidro capilla

by jose-ignacio-teran, 250 meters away

Colegiata De San Isidro capilla

G: La Corrala, a Madrid typical building

by pau valiente, 310 meters away

Corrala is a typical representation of Madrid’s architecture from XVI and XIX century. The necessity ...

La Corrala, a Madrid typical building

H: door closed square of madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 330 meters away

door closed square of madrid

I: Tienda Antiguedades Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 330 meters away

Tienda Antiguedades Madrid

J: Zoco Rosa Y Nuria

by Jose Maria Ocana Rizo, 340 meters away

Zoco Rosa Y Nuria

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