Arches of Toledo Street in Madrid
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Arches of Toledo Street in Madrid

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Immagini nelle vicinanze di Madrid

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A: Camino a la plaza Mayor de Madrid

di jose-ignacio-teran, 10 metri di distanza

Camino a la plaza Mayor de Madrid

B: door of the cuchilleros arc

di jose-ignacio-teran, 40 metri di distanza

door of the cuchilleros arc

C: the most ancient restaurant in the world. botin. madrid

di luis davilla, 80 metri di distanza

the most ancient restaurant in the world. botin. madrid

the most ancient restaurant in the world. botin. madrid

E: madrid mayor square in christmas

di luis davilla, 80 metri di distanza

madrid mayor square in christmas

madrid mayor square in christmas

F: Plaza Mayor - Madrid

di koldo gorrotxategi, 80 metri di distanza

Plaza Mayor - Madrid

G: Major Place

di Lorenzo Valles Vila, 90 metri di distanza

 The origins of the square date back to the fifteenth century, when the confluence of roads (streets ...

Major Place

H: Mayor square of Madrid

di jose-ignacio-teran, 90 metri di distanza

Mayor square of Madrid

I: Christmas at Plaza Mayor, Madrid

di Jaime Brotons, 90 metri di distanza

Christmas at Plaza Mayor, Madrid

J: Plaza Mayor

di Rafael DeVill, 90 metri di distanza

Plaza Mayor means mains square in Spanish. In the middle ages it wasn't only the center of the city, ...

Plaza Mayor

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Text by Steve Smith.

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