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Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

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A: Oxford - Leiden 1946-1996

by Jan Mulder, 50 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Oxford - Leiden 1946-1996

B: Koornbrug market bridge

by Jan Mulder, 90 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Koornbrug market bridge

C: Muziek in Leidse hofjes - Jan Michielshof - Maarten Hogenhuis en Reinier Baas

by Henk Keijzer, 150 meters away

Muziek in Leidse hofjes - Jan Michielshof - Maarten Hogenhuis en Reinier Baas

Muziek in Leidse hofjes - Jan Michielshof - Maarten Hogenhuis en Reinier Baas

D: Market day on the Visbrug

by Anton van Tetering, 150 meters away

Market day on the Visbrug

E: Inside fortification De Burcht

by Jan Mulder, 160 meters away

Inside fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Inside fortification De Burcht

F: On the wall of fortification De Burcht

by Jan Mulder, 170 meters away

Inside fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

On the wall of fortification De Burcht

G: Entrance of fortification De Burcht.

by Jan Mulder, 170 meters away

Entrance of fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Entrance of fortification De Burcht.

H: Gate in the Nieuwstraat

by Jan Mulder, 170 meters away

Gate in the Nieuwstraat in Leiden. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Gate in the Nieuwstraat

I: Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht

by Jan Mulder, 170 meters away

Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht. Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Gate with stairs leading up to fortification De Burcht

J: Sleutelstad (key city) 93.7 fm.

by Jan Mulder, 180 meters away

Photo's taken on January 14, 2012.

Sleutelstad (key city) 93.7 fm.

This panorama was taken in Netherlands, Europe

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Text by Steve Smith.

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