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Gatehouse of Saint-Bénezet Bridge
France
Copyright: Jakub Hruska
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 10062x5031
Taken: 17/08/2010
Uploaded: 26/09/2010
Updated: 03/10/2014
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Tags: medieval; bridge; heritage; tourist; french
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