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Rotterdam - Laurenskerk

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A: Laurenskerk Rotterdam

by Marcel wagenaar, 10 meters away

Laurenskerk, Rotterdam

Laurenskerk Rotterdam

B: Arial View on the Grote Kerkplein, Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 40 meters away

Flying at an altitude of 90ft above the Grote Kerkplein, Rotterdam

Arial View on the Grote Kerkplein, Rotterdam

C: Markthal Sphere

by Marcel Wagenaar, 180 meters away

Markthal Sphere

D: archeology in Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 190 meters away

This scene is all about archeology. Right before the start of the construction of the Rotterdam Marke...

archeology in Rotterdam

E: Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 230 meters away

Flying at an altitude of 180ft above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

Flying above the Binnenrotte, Rotterdam

F: Projector Exhibition at the old City Hall of Rotterdam

by C360.NL - Henri Smeets, 330 meters away

Projector Exhibition at the old City Hall of Rotterdam

Projector Exhibition at the old City Hall of Rotterdam

G: Cube Houses Rotterdam

by Viktor Zavrazhnov, 340 meters away

Kubuswoningen, or cube houses, are a set of innovative houses built in Rotterdam and Helmond in The N...

Cube Houses Rotterdam

H: Paalwoningen

by Marcel wagenaar, 370 meters away

Paalwoningen

I: Cube Houses

by Gary Quigg, 370 meters away

A series of 32 cube-shaped houses designed by Piet Blom and built in 1984. The tilted-cube-on-a-pole ...

Cube Houses

J: Flying above the st Jacobsplaats, Rotterdam

by Littleplanet.nl - Roelof de Vries, 370 meters away

flying at an altitude of 160ft above the St Laurensplaats, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Flying above the st Jacobsplaats, Rotterdam

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