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The Tasman Tower

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The Tasmantoren ("Tasman-tower") is a residential tower located in the Dutch city of Groningen and was completed in 2010. It is named after the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. The arch-shape makes the Tasmantoren a unique structure and because of its height of aproximately 75 meters it is 25 meters higher than the famous Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

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A: Under the Tasman Toren

by Frank van Tol, 70 meters away

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B: View from the Tasmantoren

by Frank van Tol, 80 meters away

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C: Abel Tasmantoren, Groningen

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Abel Tasmantoren, Groningen

D: terrace on the house-boat in Groningen

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E: Abel Tasmantoren, Groningen

by Mark Bruggema, 90 meters away

Abel Tasmantoren, Groningen

Abel Tasmantoren, Groningen

F: houseboat in Groningen

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houseboat in Groningen

G: House Boat in Groningen

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H: View from the Driebonds-bridge in Groningen

by Frank van Tol, 910 meters away

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I: VMBO-school Lewenborg Groningen

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J: Eemskanaal Noordzijde

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