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University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG)

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The main entrance of the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) which is affiliated with the University of Groningen. Being one of the largest hospitals in the world, it employs almost 17,000 people and counts 1,400 beds.

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A: Stadsschouwburg Groningen

by Frank van Tol, 380 meters away

The Stadsschouwburg is the city theatre of the city of Groningen. It is the most important theatre of...

Stadsschouwburg Groningen

B: Damsterplein Groningen

by Frank van Tol, 420 meters away

The recently finished 'Damsterplein' square in the city of Groningen, the Netherlands. Underneath the...

Damsterplein Groningen

C: Eemskanaal Noordzijde

by Frank van Tol, 450 meters away

The Eemskanaal Noordzijde is a street along the Eemskanaal canal with typical old Dutch houses. Acros...

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D: Research Lab UMCG

by Frank van Tol, 490 meters away

The Research Laboratory (the building with the green and yellow facade) of the University Medical Cen...

Research Lab UMCG

E: Top Floor Car-park Naberpassage

by Frank van Tol, 510 meters away

View from the top floor of a car park (called Naberpassage) in the city center of Groningen. The tall...

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F: Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

by Mark Bruggema, 520 meters away

Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

G: Provinciehuis Groningen

by Frank van Tol, 520 meters away

The Provenciehuis houses the politicians and offi cials of the Provence of Groningen. It is located o...

Provinciehuis Groningen

H: Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

by Mark Bruggema, 530 meters away

Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

I: Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

by Mark Bruggema, 540 meters away

Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

Martinikerkhof, Groningen, Nederland

J: The Martinikerk Groningen (the choir)

by Frank van Tol, 550 meters away

The interior of the oldest church of the city of Groningen: the Martinikerk ("Martin's Church"). It i...

The Martinikerk Groningen (the choir)

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