Tourists at Plaza de Oriente, Madrid
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Tourists at Plaza de Oriente, Madrid

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Turistas fotografiandose con trajes andaluces en la Plaza de Oriente, Madrid, durane la navidad de 2013.

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A: Plaza Oriente de Madrid 1

by jose-ignacio-teran, less than 10 meters away

Plaza Oriente de Madrid 1

B: Orient Square at night: Felipe IV equestrian statue

by Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, 20 meters away

A 360º take from the series "Madrid Night - October 2009" that shows an elevated view of the Orient S...

Orient Square at night: Felipe IV equestrian statue

C:

by Jaime Brotons, 30 meters away

D: Teatro Real de Madrid

by jose-ignacio-teran, 30 meters away

Teatro Real de Madrid

E: Teatro Real - Madrid

by koldo gorrotxategi, 40 meters away

Teatro Real - Madrid

F: Paza de Oriente

by Rafael DeVill, 60 meters away

Open air restaurants and the Teatro Real (Royal Theatre) on Plaza de Oriente in Madrid. On the other ...

Paza de Oriente

G: Palacio Real de Madrid

by Armin Leuprecht, 100 meters away

Palacio Real de Madrid

H: Orient Square at night: Royal Palace

by Antonio Victor Garcia-Serrano, 100 meters away

A 360º take from the series "Madrid Night - October 2009" that shows an elevated view of the Orient S...

Orient Square at night: Royal Palace

I:

by Jaime Brotons, 110 meters away

J: Carrusel at Royal Palace, Madrid

by Jaime Brotons, 110 meters away

Carrusel at Royal Palace, Madrid

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