Las Palmas - Gran Canaria, September 2011

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Spain (i/ˈspn/; Spanish: España [esˈpaɲa] ( )), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a sovereign state and a member state of the European Union. It is located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar; to the north and north east by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west and northwest by Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of three countries—France and Morocco are the other two—to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Spain's 1,214 km (754 mi) border with Portugal is the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.

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A facade or façade /fəˈsɑːd/ is generally one exterior side of a building, usually, but not always, the front. The word comes from the [French language], literally meaning "[frontage]" or "[face]".

In [architecture], the facade of a building is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. From the engineering perspective of a building, the facade is also of great importance due to its impact on energy efficiency. Many facades are historical, and local zoning regulations or other laws greatly restrict or even forbid their alteration.

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Las Palmas

Las Palmas (/ˌlæs ˈpɑːlməs/, Spanish: [las ˈpalmas], locally: [lah ˈpalmah]), officially Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is a city in the island of Gran Canaria, in Spain. It is the co-capital (jointly with Santa Cruz) and the most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, and the ninth largest city in Spain, with a population of 383,308 in 2010. Nearly half (45.9%) of the people of the island and 18.35% of all inhabitants of the Canary Islands live in this city. It is also the fifth most populous urban area in Spain with a population exceeding 700,000 and (depending on sources) ninth or tenth most populous metropolitan area in Spain with a population of between 625,000 and 750,000. Las Palmas is the largest city of the European Union lying outside the European Continent. It is located in the northeast part of the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, about 150 kilometres (93 miles) off the northwestern coast of Africa within the Atlantic Ocean.