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Netherlands: Corridor in the Saint Servaas Basilica, Maastricht

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From the Keizer Karelplein (Charlemagne Square) you enter the northern portal into the Saint Servaas Basilica.  Ahead is the "long corridor" set in gothic style.  On the right is the entrance to the Saint Servaas chapel.  Sorrounding the pandhof (garden) on 3/4 of the sides is the cloister.

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