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Santiago de Compostela - Courtyard of Colegio de San Xerome

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A: Plaza Fonseca

by Antonio Jesus Sanabria Marcos, 40 meters away

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B: Santiago de Compostela - Cathedral Main Facade

by Carsten Arenz, 110 meters away

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C: Santiago de Compostela - Praza de Platerias

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D: Santiago de Compostela - holiday Apostol

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E: Santiago de Compostela - Obradoiro

by Ricardo Cambón, 120 meters away

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F: Plaza de Platerias

by Carlos Ortega, 120 meters away

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Plaza de Platerias

G: Catedral de Santiago de Compostela-Interior

by Carlos Ortega, 130 meters away

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H: Cathedral Santiago De Compostela A Equi

by Valentin Arfire, 140 meters away

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Cathedral Santiago De Compostela A Equi

I: Cathedral Santiago De Compostela B Equi

by Valentin Arfire, 140 meters away

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Cathedral Santiago De Compostela B Equi

J: Santiago De Compostela A Equi

by Valentin Arfire, 140 meters away

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