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Silla de Felipe II in the Forest of Blacksmithing. San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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A: La silla de Felipe II. El Escorial (Madrid)

by Juan Luis Redajo, 10 meters away

La silla de Felipe II. El Escorial (Madrid)

La silla de Felipe II. El Escorial (Madrid)

B: Forest Hermitage Blacksmith

by Javier Sánchez, 520 meters away

Forest Hermitage Blacksmith

C: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 2.1 km away

 Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

D: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 2.2 km away

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

E: Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 2.2 km away

 Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

F: gardens in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 2.2 km away

gardens in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

gardens in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

G: Main courtyard of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by Henk Keijzer, 2.3 km away

Main courtyard of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

Main courtyard of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

H: Monasterio de El Escorial, España

by Ivan Schuler Pascasio, 2.3 km away

Monasterio de El Escorial, España

Monasterio de El Escorial, España

I: Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

by Juan Luis Redajo, 2.3 km away

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid)

J: courtyard of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

by luis davilla, 2.3 km away

courtyard of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial 

courtyard of the kings in Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial

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