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Waagplein Groningen

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The Waagplein in the city's center of Groningen. It is one of the oldest streets of the city, but completely demolished during WOII and only one building survived: Het Goudkantoor ('the gold-office'). The Waagstraatcomplex was built in 1994 and designed by the Italian architect Adolfo Natalini.

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