San Galgano: English Edition

PadPlaces
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The best seller book dedicated to the abbey and history of San Galgano, the historical jewel in the heart of Tuscany
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PadPlaces
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Published on
Dec 23, 2015
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Pages
64
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ISBN
9788898437375
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Language
English
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Genres
Architecture / Buildings / Religious
Travel / Europe / Italy
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