Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Wednesday search challenge (6/27/12): Do you have X-ray vision?


Since so many people seemed to enjoy a difficult task, today I’m going to ask if you can develop X-ray vision with this image.

I took this picture while on a recent trip somewhere in the world.  The question for today is simple—look through the façade of this building and tell me….

Question:  What kind of trees are planted in the courtyard behind the entrance to this building?

Tomorrow I’ll reveal how I found the answer.  

For extra credit:  What date were trees of this kind first planted?   

As usual, please tell us HOW you found the answer and HOW LONG it took you to find it!  

Search on!

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96 comments:

  1. alright, around 10 minutes.
    (1) zoomed into the picture
    (2) on google images, searched the inscription above the door
    (3) searched google for the name of the palace and in addition to tree (trees near palau de la generalitat)
    (4) first hit said something about orange trees. fifth hit said something about Pati dels Tarongers
    (5) googled "pati dels tarongers site:wikipedia.ca"
    (6) went to translate.google.com and found the date. (28.01.1534)

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  2. Great little puzzle - took me a minute or two.

    Copy image url, search similar images, determine name of building, search building name, find image of behind the building, search garden name, translate local Wikipedia page.

    As the comments are behind a link:

    The trees are Orange trees, first planted in 28 January of 1534.

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  3. First I tried to find the second striped flag of the building. I found out that is the Flag of Aragon community. So I started search famous buildings in Zaragosa the capital. That didn't help. Then I studied the picture carefully managed to read the letters on the top of the entrance..."Palai de la generali...."
    I searched in google and found that the building is the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya. The courtyard is called Pati dels Tarongers and has orange trees. With some more search in spanish web pages with the help of Google Translate I found out that the trees were planted January 28th of 1534 by Dionís de Carcassona.

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  4. Palau de la Generalitat, Catalonia, and the courtyard is named "Courtyard of the Orange Trees (Plati dels Tarongers)".

    Put the image into google image search, which revealed the name. Went to the wikipedia page for the location, which revealed the courtyard.

    Backed that up by going to Google Maps, finding the location, and seeing the layout.

    Time - 30 seconds, a minute? Very quick.

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  5. Hej, This is The Palau de la Generalitat, in Barcelona = the seat of the Autonomous Government of Catalonia. And the trees planted therein are Orange trees ("Orange Tree Courtyard").

    I Googled palau de la Generalitat, where I found out, which building this is and where the building is located. Then I googled Palau de la generalitat trees and got the answer.

    As for the Orange trees, Wikipedia says, among other details, that Portuguese navigators have been credited with bringing orange trees to the Mediterranean region around 1500.

    It took me 10 minutes.

    Best regards, Tomaž

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  6. Orange trees.
    The first planting of these trees took place on January 28th of 1534.

    I first searched for the image, discovered it was the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya and went to the corresponding Wikipedia page. I searched for the word trees on the page and got a picture of the orange trees but no mention of the date. So I clicked on the Spanish version of the same Wikipedia page and got the date of the first planting there. In all this took me about five minutes.

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  7. 5mins.

    First I zoomed in on the writting around the arch (Palau de la Generalitat) as arches on older buildings tend to have this

    Entered this into Google and with the live search gave me photos to confirm the location.

    A quick skip to wikipedia shows a picture of trees in the court yard titled Courtyard of the orange trees (Patis Dels Tarongers) which appears to be incorrectly spelt and should be Pati with no s.

    Another google search for Pati Dels Tarongers briongs me to spanish wikipedia and using google translate it appears the first plantations were around 1534.

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  8. 24 orange trees
    planted at 28th January 1534
    How To:
    Pic search bring me to "Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya" wikipedia pictures to "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)"
    Catalan wikipedia for Pati dels Tarongers to the date of planing
    10 min

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  9. I used the image to picture search, which gave me the name and a link to the website of the city. That gave me the answer
    Oranges
    the bonus question is a bit vague, do you mean at the specific building or when humanity first cultivated?

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  10. Orange trees and the 24th January 1534.

    1:30 minutes.

    Google image search match.

    Search for name of the Palace + courtyard trees

    FInd they are orange trees

    Search for; Palau de la Generalitat orange trees first planted

    Translate Wiki result.

    Done

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  11. Orange trees.

    28 January 1534.

    2 mins. Searched by image > found wiki page of building > looked at gallery and saw photo of courtyard and label: "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)" > searched "Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya Pati dels Tarongers" > saw a Catalan wiki page about the orange trees.

    Without cheating i.e. using search by image, it's not hard to guess that it is a building in Barcelona as that is the Catalan flag on the front.

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  12. It is the Palace of the Generalitat in Barcelona. There are orange trees growing in the courtyard. The first orange trees were planted there on the 28th of january 1534, although oranges have been cultivated in China since around 2500 BC.

    1. recognize the Catalan flag, guess at Barcelona.
    2. search for the text over the door: Palau de la Generalitat, confirm it's the same building via google maps (first result)
    3. search for: palace of the generalitat, palace of the generalitat tree, palau de generalitat. Find wikipedia page in catalan and something related about pati dels tarongers.
    4. google translate to find out that tarongers is oranges, and also the date when they were first planted there.
    5. ???
    6. profit!

    I looked at the wikipedia page about oranges for some general history to find the 2500 BC in China part.

    It took nine minutes to find it. I spent more time writing this. :)

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  13. It's orange trees and they were first planted on January 28, 1534.
    This one was fairly easy and it took me about 5 miutes.
    I just googled the sign above the door, which told me the name of the building in Barcelona. I opened its English Wikipedia page and one of the images at the bottom was of an orange trees, so I added "orange trees" into the original Google search to confirm this.
    As for the year, I googled Pati dels Tarongers (saw it in one of the results) and than opened the Wikipedia page in Catalan (http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pati_dels_Tarongers) where the date is written.

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  17. Right clicked the image and used the Chrome Extension Google Image search to find it is Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, Spain. 5 seconds

    Searched [Palau de la Generalitat courtyard trees] and found that orange trees are planted there. +10 seconds.

    Searched for what the courtyard is called [Pati dels Tarongers] to find the Catalan Wikipedia entry http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pati_dels_Tarongers

    Translated "The first planting in the garden of Palau was 24 orange, the 28 January  of 1534  , during the three years of Dionysius of Carcassonne" +5 minutes

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  18. Orange trees. First planted 28 January of 1534.

    1. Looking at the building, we can see a couple of flags (Spain being one of them), a poster on the right side, and an inscription above the entrance.

    2. "Palau de la generalitat" on google search and a quick trip to wikipedia confirms that biulding is a historic palace in barcelona
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau_de_la_Generalitat_de_Catalunya

    3. Searching for the keyword "tree" in the wikipedia page, we can see a photo of orange trees:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BIG_106122912040411.jpg

    4. This seems to be called the "Pati dels Tarongers", so searched for that and found the date of planting.
    (Better to look at the catalan version of wikipedia, and use google translate)
    http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pati_dels_Tarongers

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  19. Orange trees, planted between 1532 and 1547?

    Took less than 5 minutes

    Google image search to get name 'Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya', Google that name and look at Wiki article, at the bottom is a picture titled "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)", do a search for this and on the Barcelona Tourism website it mentions: "El Pati dels Tarongers, construït entre 1532 i 1547"

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  20. 25th of january 1534. They are orange trees. A quick search of the name on the building led to the wikipedia site (in English) with pictures of the courtyard. That courtyard has its own wiki-page in Catalan.
    I also tried googling the dinosaur exhibition, but this was much easier.

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  21. Those wonderful Orange trees were planted in January of 1534.

    I recognised the Spanish flag, and the flag of Catalan. One search for the inscription over the entrance "palau de la gereralitat spain" took me to the building in Barcelona. I opened that in Google Maps street view to confirm.
    History of the building shows the Catalan name for the courtyard. (search "Pati dels Taronger built history")
    This led to an entry at the Catalan Wiki: http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pati_dels_Tarongers
    Google Translate:
    http://translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=ca&u=http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pati_dels_Tarongers

    "The first planting in the garden of Palau was 24 orange, the 28 January of 1534, during the three years of Dionysius of Carcassonne"

    Time: 4 minutes

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  22. Orange trees - via an image search, followed by searching for the building - 2 mins.

    Date however....

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  23. The eddifice is "Palau de la Generalitat" in the Catalan capital of Barcelona. The first 24 orange trees in the courtyard were planted on 28 January 1534. It took me 15 minutes to find the answers to both questions.

    1) I zoomed in the photo to see the inscription on the gate.
    2) Then I googled "Palau de la generalitat".
    3) After I saw a similar photo in the fact box that now appears in the right pane, I opened the Wikipedia article and saw a photo of the courtyard planted with orange trees. The garden was called "Pati dels Tarongers".
    4) A quick "Pati dels Tarongers" Google search led me to the Catalan-language Wikipedia article showing the date 28 January 1534 as the day of the first planted trees, citing the article "Història de la Generalitat de Catalunya i els seus Presidents Barcelona" in Enciclopèdia Catalana, 2003.

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  24. First planted in 28 January 1534. The trees in the courtyard are called orange trees.

    Found it by:

    1: running google goggles on my phone to tell me the name of the building: Palau de la Generalitat

    2: Ran a google search for "Palau de la Generalitat" and trees. Came up with orange trees.

    3: Ran search on "Palau de la Generalitat" and "orange trees" found " Pati de Tarongers (Orange Tree Patio)"

    4: Ran that search and a spanish wiki page showed that they were first planted in 28 January 1534

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  25. Used Search by Image http://goo.gl/ick9S to find "Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya" and onto wikipedia http://goo.gl/l6jwc
    The second wikipedia galley image displayed
    The Pati dels Tarongers ("Orange Tree Courtyard") http://goo.gl/n8BqS
    Searched: "Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya" +"orange tree" the 6th result providing http://goo.gl/ZLgzb
    The site says "The back of the building encloses an orange-tree courtyard, begun in 1532"
    Double checked by searching for "The Pati dels Tarongers" and then translated http://goo.gl/zMJMe from Catalan to English. Interestingly 'Pati dels Tarongers' translates to 'Patio de los Naranjo': "The Patio de los Naranjos, built between 1532 and 1547..."
    "Patio de los Naranjo" interestingly lead me to http://goo.gl/GKzFu where I found that the courtyard was originally part of a former mosque, and that the large portal which leads to the patio - the Puerta del Perdón (door of pardon) - was built in the 12th C. by the Moors.

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  26. Pati dels Tarongers ("Orange Tree Courtyard") del Palau de la Generalitat is located at the seat of the Catalan Government in Barcelona.
    The first planting in the garden of Palau was the 28th January of 1534.

    I used Google Image Search to figure out that it was the Palau de la Generalitat. On the wiki page I used ctrl+f for tree and it took me to the pictures at the bottom linking to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BIG_106122912040411.jpg.

    I searched the Catalan name, leading to the Canadian Wiki in French. Using Google Translate, I was able to determine the date of first planting.
    http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=ca&u=http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pati_dels_Tarongers&prev=/search%3Fq%3DPati%2Bdels%2BTarongers%26hl%3Den%26prmd%3Dimvns&sa=X&ei=bOnqT6nvLKyK6QHM2bjkBQ&ved=0CFQQ7gEwAA

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  27. 20 mins on still no date except 1532 (gained after another minute or so) when the courtyard was first started - no confirmation about whether the tress were already there as they were in another "Patio de los Naranjos" at the Holy Metropolitan and Patriarchal Cathedral of Seville.

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  28. The back of the building encloses an orange tree courtyard begun in 1532. 1st, googled the image in the post. Wikipedia entry includes picture of orange trees in courtyard. Searching for name and orange trees provided results including date begun. less than 5 minutes.

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  29. Orange trees.

    Zoomed in on the name of the building: "Palau de la Generalitat" .
    Googled that.
    Opened Wikipedia entry
    Ctrl+F on page for "tree"
    Search took me to photo at the bottom: "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)"

    Took about a minute (mostly page-loading time).

    Now, for the date of the planting..
    Googled 'Pati dels Tarongers'.
    Got me to the Spanish language Wikipedia entry.
    Put the text in 'Google Translate'
    And the answer.... 28th January, 1534.

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  30. would you like the answer in the comments? or by email not to spoil the fun for others?

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  31. This was almost too easy. Finding that the trees are orange trees took just a minute or two.

    I dragged the photo into google image search which immediately found this wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau_de_la_Generalitat_de_Catalunya
    which includes a photo of the Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BIG_106122912040411.jpg

    For the bonus question, I searched for orange tree cultivation history, which brought up another wikipedia page, among others.

    This didn't produce an exact date, but says that the sweet orange was introduced to the mediterranean after 1450, but that portuguese navigators have also been credited with bring orange trees to Europe around 1500.

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  32. Oranges, first planted in Spain at around the end of the 10th century.

    Took about 10 minutes.

    I used your snap to search Google Images, which told me the name of the building.

    Wikipedia gave coordinates, which I used in Google Maps. Then I looked at some photos that were taken inside the courtyard, which showed a Panoramio picture labelled Tarongers. I thought that might be oranges, but not inSpanish, so I tried Catalan.

    As it happens, the 2012 international citrus conference is being held in Valencia, which is where I got the date of 10th century.

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  33. I took about 10 minutes to do this search. I hope I got to the right end result.

    The process:
    I searched for flags with red and yellow horizontal stripes. Found a page on wikimedia that had a lot of flags with red and yellow stripes (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Flags_with_red_and_yellow_stripes) and i quickly identified the one in the image as Flag es-cataluña
    I searched for famous historical buildings in catalonia but i thought the search wouldn't be specific enough.

    I then checked Exif for location tags. There were none. Then I transferred the image to my phone and used Google Goggles to identify the building which turned out to be palau de la generalitat.

    Then it was simply a search of this building. I read up about it on wikipedia which had a picture of the courtyard of the orange trees in the gallery section (also called Pati dels Tarongers)

    Then a simple search for Pati dels Tarongers took me to it's wikipedia page which tells me that the trees are orange trees which were planted on 28 January 1534.

    Did i get it right?

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  34. This was actually surprisingly quick and easy. I tried getting a clue off the Dinosaur exhibition poster first but that took me nowhere. Closer examination of the building confirmed the flags as Spanish (left) and Catalonian (right), confirmed using Search the World Flag Database (http://www.flags.net/search.php).

    A google search of the phrase above the door lintel "Palau de la Generalitat" (http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=palau+de+la+generalitat&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8) brought up links to the seat of the Catalonian government and included google image results of this building.

    So we've identified what building this is. I thought I was going to need google earth for the trees but the first link was to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau_de_la_Generalitat_de_Catalunya) and in the gallery it happily had a picture of the "courtyard of the orange trees". A closer look at that photo confirms it is the rear side of the photo you have taken.

    As to when orange trees were first planted I don't know if you mean when were they first planted here or when they first planted anywhere. I assume you mean the first question as the second appears to be almost impossible to answer precisely. But even the answer to the first question eludes me. I've googled several sites but can't get an answer.

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  35. I took about 10 minutes to do this search. I hope I got to the right end result.

    The process:
    I searched for flags with red and yellow horizontal stripes. Found a page on wikimedia that had a lot of flags with red and yellow stripes (http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Flags_with_red_and_yellow_stripes) and i quickly identified the one in the image as Flag es-cataluña
    I searched for famous historical buildings in catalonia but i thought the search wouldn't be specific enough.

    I then checked Exif for location tags. There were none. Then I transferred the image to my phone and used Google Goggles to identify the building which turned out to be palau de la generalitat.

    Then it was simply a search of this building. I read up about it on wikipedia which had a picture of the courtyard of the orange trees in the gallery section (also called Pati dels Tarongers)

    Then a simple search for Pati dels Tarongers took me to it's wikipedia page which tells me that the trees are orange trees which were planted on 28 January 1534.

    Did i get it right?

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  36. That one was pretty easy (assuming I've got it right ;). Searched on the image using the Google search bar camera icon, pulled up the Wikipedia page for the building, searched in the page for "tree", ran a Google search on [ "Patio de los Naranjos" ], followed the first link to the Wikipedia page, clicked the 'translate' button on my toolbar, and got the date from there. January 28, 1534. Total time: under five minutes, less time than it took to write it up.

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  37. Took me two minutes and then another minute for the extra credit. I zoomed in on the image and found the building's name above the door. I googled that and went to the Wikipedia page. I then clicked on an image of the courtyard, whose name gave away the tree type.

    I googled: "first ---- tree planted" and found the date 1513 by Ponce de Leon, although the date seems to be contested.

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  38. This is Palau de la Generalitat, behind is Patio de los Naranjos, where orange trees were planted in 15th century to replace the original palm trees. 2-4 minutes with google search by image and then including the name of the place with trees behind and doing a google translate of a page in spanish. I love these search challenges but this one seemed easier than the rest.

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  39. It looks like people typically include their actual answer..
    I searched for "Palau de la generalitat" and found the orange tree courtyard on its Wikipedia page.

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  40. Was this too easy? This is my first time attempting a search here on SearchResearch...

    1. Searched Google using the image itself, it returned "Best guess for this image: palau de la generalitat"

    2. Looked at Wikipedia page for Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya, scrolled down to the bottom and found a photo of "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)"

    3. Searched Wikipedia for Pati dels Tarongers and translated the page result.

    4. The history of the orange trees says they were planted January 28, 1534.

    I also found a lot of photos of the palace with palm trees, so maybe I'm missing something...

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  41. Orange trees. about 3 minutes.
    I google "Palais de la Généralité", to confirm the building in Barcelona, which also gave me a picture of the courtyard from wikipedia. the name of the courtyard presumably gives you the kind of tree.

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  42. Oranges, earliest possible planting 1532
    1 minute to find the kind of tree, 10 minutes to find an estimate (or at least an earliest possible date) for the date of tree planting, then I gave up.

    I zoomed in on the big image, saw the words 'PALAU DE LA GENERALITAT' and googled it. Clicked on the Wikipedia article, ctrl-F "courtyard" and I found it immediately. Adding "orange trees" to my previous search confirms in. After that I just searched for things like 'PALAU DE LA GENERALITAT' planted courtyard, and was able to confirm "The Pati dels Tarongers, which was built between 1532 and 1547"... that was good enough for me!

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  43. Fun!

    First I tried googling based on the dinosaur for "terr d'inop" but got nowhere. Then I tried the name of the building which I read as "palai de la generalido". Lots of links but no conclusions. Then I researched the flags to determine it was catalonia (not Algiers!). Combining that with the building name gave a french wikipedia link as the first result, which confirmed it was the correct building. Then I found the english wikipedia entry via an image in the google search. Finding the courtyard of the orange trees picture sealed the deal.

    I seem to have stumbled on the date. Somehow, I googled the "Pati des Tarongers" caption on the same picture and found the catalan version of the wikipedia page. Translating this gave me the date of January 24, 1534.

    Fun!

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  44. They are orange trees. Trees of this type were first planted in "Pati dels Tarongers" on January 28th, 1534. A Google search of "Palau de Generali..." gave me an autocomplete suggestion of Palau de la Generalitat. I had the advantage of recognizing the Spanish flag and the "Palau" was not Spanish, but Catalan for Palace. This lead me to the specific Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona Spain. The Wikipedia entry for this had an image of the "Courtyard of Orange Trees" at the bottom, which had the Catalan name for it in the description, Pati dels Tarongers. A search for that led me to a Catalan Wiki page that gave me the date of first planting in the History section.

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  45. Orange trees first planted e January 28, 1534

    About 30 seconds.

    Google image serach with the URL lead to the Wikipedia page for Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya. There's a picture on the bottom labeled: Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers). Search for Pati dels Tarongers find the wikipedia page listing the date of their first planting.

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  46. They are orange trees, in the Patio de los Naranjos (Pati dels Tarongers in Catalan), originally planted January 28, 1534.

    I recognized the flags as being Spanish, but not exactly where; searching on Spanish flags showed me the Catalan flag. I got stuck there until I zoomed in on the image and say Palau de la Generalitat over the door; searched on that, confirmed by Google Maps street view, and found the Wikipedia page on it. One of the images was marked Pati del Tarongers, I Googled that and got a translation of the Catalan Wikipedia page on the subject to confirm and get the planting date.

    All told, with interruptions (I'm at work), maybe fifteen minutes?

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  47. Orange trees, planted January 28, 1534.

    How I found it:
    1. Zoom in on the image, see "Palau de la Generalitat" on the building. Google "Palau de la Generalitat."
    2. Find wikipedia entry. Notice there is a picture of "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)."
    3. Google "Pati dels Tarongers."
    4. Find a site with a date, but it's in Spanish, so I translate it to English. Voila. "The Gothic staircase and courtyard were built in 1425, while the central courtyard, called 'Pati Tarongers' dates from 1526." However, this doesn't tell me for sure when the trees were planted.
    5. Google "Pati dels Tarongers" again. Find a Wikipedia entry in Catalan, translate it to English. It says that "The first planting in the garden of Palau was 24 orange, the 28 January of 1534 , during the three years of Dionysius of Carcassonne."
    6. Check the source at the bottom for this information, find it is a book, "History of the Generalitat of Catalonia and its Presidents." I figure that is a good enough source.

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  48. Palau de la Generalitat [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palau_de_la_Generalitat_de_Catalunya]

    Found using Google Image Search.

    Orange trees:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BIG_106122912040411.jpg

    Trees first planted: January 28, 1534

    http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palacio_de_la_Generalidad_de_Cataluña#Patio_de_los_Naranjos

    Volumen 2, Història de la Generalitat de Catalunya i els seus Presidents, Barcelona, 2003, Enciclopèdia Catalana, p. 69 ISBN 84-412-0885-9

    Took me less than 10 minutes.

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  49. The photo is the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya. It is in catalonia, in Spain. The trees behind the bulding should be orange trees. They were planted there the 28 of January 1534.

    Found out by googling the image and going on the catalonyan wikipedia of Pati dels Tarongers. The google translate and you will find out what you want ;)

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  50. I posted the picture in Google images. Immediately, I could see that the picture was of the Palau de Generalitat of Catalonia. A wikipedia article stated that orange trees were planted in the courtyard but I had a difficult time figuring out when they were planted until I searched for the name of the courtyard or Pati dels Tarongers. A spanish wiki came up, I translated it with Google translate and the article stated that the orange trees were first planted on January 28, 1534. The search took me less than 10 minutes.

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  51. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BIG_106122912040411.jpg

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  52. http://goo.gl/bMQ7K

    first, look at the flag, then government building at Catalan.
    8 minutes to find the place, 10 minutes to confirm the tree.

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  53. Sorry, I sent that too soon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BIG_106122912040411.jpg
    I Saved the image, uploaded it on Google Image. Found out hte name, Googled "Parlament de Catalunya trees" and it took me to this wiki.
    Then I googled "first planted orange tree" and according to Wikipedia the orange tree was first grown in Spain in 1870. *fingers crossed*

    Kind Regards/Lina

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  54. Orange trees first planted 2500BC.

    5 minutes

    Zoomed picture to get writing over door. Searched that in Maps to get building location, although didn't need to. Then searched "palau de la generalitat trees" to get orange trees.

    This is a bit shoddy because there may be different trees in different courtyards.

    Tried flying through on google maps as safety check, but no trees in the first small courtyard showing, and the second bigger one matched the pictures of orange trees.

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  55. I uploaded the image and found the answer within a few minutes:
    Orange trees.

    The date was more frustrating… took me about 15-20 minutes:
    28 January of 1534

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  56. Answer:Orange Trees, first cultivated 7000 years ago
    Took 6-10 minutes.
    Steps
    Picture: Notice Spain Flag, notice Palau de la Generalitat written in the front
    Google it, confirm picture.
    Google Maps in Satelitte View, See a Panoramio picture (Pati dels Tarongers), translate tarongers=orange
    see wikipedia article about oranges, no date about begin of cultivation, but says first place India,
    Google "history orange begin cultivated india"
    Found http://www.buzzle.com/articles/history-of-orange-fruit.html
    Done

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  57. Orange trees are planted in the Pati dels Tarongers, the courtyard to the Palau de la Generalitat, in Barcelona. The courtyard was built 1532 and 1547.

    The flag on the left is the Spanish flag. I googled 'red and yellow striped flag' and used the images search to figure out that the flag on the right is the flag of Cataluna. So, that meant the building is likely in Barcelona.

    I first used google maps to scan the city for colourful domes. I couldn't see any that matched the picture, so instead I googled 'colorful domes Catalunya'.

    By scanning images, I found that the facade belonged to the Palau de la Generalitat.

    The Barcelona Tourisme site has a description of the trees and when the courtyard was built.

    about 40 minutes.

    rk, Toronto, Canada

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    1. novel approach - the use of the dinosaur (and noticing it in the first place) was interesting, but a dead - extinct- end for some, but your use of "colorful domes" was different and productive, albeit time consuming. congrats.
      Outside of Dan's instruction on the use of search tools, the best part of SearchReSearch is seeing the different approaches people use. It will be a sad day when everyone arrives at the same point, the same way... maybe even in the same amount of time. Thanks again for the brain nudge. ReThink Different.

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  58. First, I searched for "Palau de la Generalitat", finding it on the map in Barcelona. Using street view, I noticed several user photos from the courtyard. One photo of the trees was titled "Patio de los Naranjos". Using Google Translate, I discovered that Naranjos is Spanish for oranges.
    The wikipedia entry on oranges states that they were cultivated in 2500BC. This took around 10 minutes.

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  59. Orange trees are grown in the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain - the center of the Catalan republic.

    Orange trees were first cultivated in the 4th C BC across North Africa and first show up in Spain around the time of Christopher Columbus.

    The original answer was found by taking the image into Google images and then reading the Barcelona Tourism information about the building. (Originally I misread the question and was looking for when the trees were planted there and then found the history of citrus from the citrus industry to get the dates)

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  60. orange trees - 1/28/1534
    Palau de la Generalitat - Pati dels Tarongers, Barcelona
    translation using Catalan instead of Spanish was helpful -
    patio of oranges
    zoomed name on building - sorting out translation - ≈ 15 minutes.

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  61. Answer: Orange trees

    Extra credit: 28 January 1534

    Methodology:

    I started with a Google "search by image" using the URL of the posted photo.

    Google identified the building as the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya and included a link to its Wikipedia page. After reading the introductory information, I searched the page for the word "trees".

    This lead to a match in the photo gallery section of the page ( http://goo.gl/AFJqW ) with one image labeled "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)."

    [ Pati dels Tarongers ]
    This search lead to the "Viquipèdia" (Catalan Wikipedia) page for "Pati dels Tarongers." However, the top search results were not in English. Conveniently, the search results page included a "Translate this page" link next to the result URL.

    This provided an English translation of the "Viquipèdia" page for "Pati del Tarongers" ( http://goo.gl/gQpZ9 ). The History section of the translated page states, "The first planting in the garden of Palau was 24 orange, the 28 January of 1534, during the three years of Dionysius of Carcassonne."

    Time: 10 minutes total

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  62. Very quickly, about two minutes. Realized Catalonia flag, searched Google images for catalunya palace, realized that it is government and searched Catalonia government building trees. And it says Orange.

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  63. Orange trees. Took me about a minute.

    I zoomed in on the image until I was able to read the inscription above the doorway. Then I typed that ("Palau de la generalitat") into Google. I skipped the Wikipedia hit and went to the second one, barcelonaturisme.com, and hit the "English" link at the top of the page.

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  64. I recognaized the flags on the top: the Spanish and the Catalonian. Also the streetlamp is very particular: Barcelona.
    Zoom to the building: Palau de la Generalitat.
    Google that and came to wikipedia: Patio de los Naranjos has orange trees and the first ones were planted on January 28th 1534.

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  65. Tried three methods - memory / logic , image search, keyword search

    had guessed it was iberian peninsula but had thought trees likely to be colonial imports

    image search yielded nothing of value

    search "dome painted red blue st george trees courtyard italianate "palau de la generalitat"" yielded answer in less than 0.2 second

    date trees like this first planted: due to lack of specificity in the question the answer is likewise uncertain (by whom, where, to what purpose, etc.)

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  66. Oh god, I can see me losing DAYS to playing with these challenges. Today's was seemingly easy.

    1. Orange Trees
    2. January 28, 1534
    3. <30 seconds:
    Zoomed in on image
    Googled Palau de Generalitat courtyard trees
    Wikipedia surfed to "Pati del Tarongers"
    Translated from Catalan
    Got date
    Tada

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  67. Oh god, I can see me losing DAYS to playing with these challenges. Today's was seemingly easy.

    1. Orange Trees
    2. January 28, 1534
    3. <30 seconds:
    Zoomed in on image
    Googled Palau de Generalitat courtyard trees
    Wikipedia surfed to "Pati del Tarongers"
    Translated from Catalan
    Got date
    Tada

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  68. Oh god, I can see me losing DAYS to playing with these challenges. Today's was seemingly easy.

    1. Orange Trees
    2. January 28, 1534
    3. <30 seconds:
    Zoomed in on image
    Googled Palau de Generalitat courtyard trees
    Wikipedia surfed to "Pati del Tarongers"
    Translated from Catalan
    Got date
    Tada

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  69. They are orange trees. I fisrt searched the flags and determined that it is Barcelona, Spain. then I searched the name above the door "Palau de la Generalitat" and a wiki link verified that it is the same building. The building wiki page verifed that the trees are "The Pati dels Tarongers" A google search of oranges brings up multiple link taht state oranges have bee cultivated as early as 2500BC.

    This took me about 15mins.

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  70. I first tried on google images with no luck, then looked at the flags and was able to use flag identify to show that the yellow and red flag was Catalonia's, scrolled through the wikipedia page and noticed that the Palau de la Generalitat was the same picture. Followed the link to its own page and the only indication of trees is that there are orange trees in the courtyard. took me about 15 minutes. no clue when they were planted

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  71. I couldn't see the inscription, nor did I have any luck with a similarity in image search, so worked on the flags. That lead to Catalonia, and basic knowledge then told me the other was Spanish, and the building was probably in Barcelona. An image search for the two flags lead to the name of the building.

    A check on Wikipedia gave me orange trees, and I was able to confirm this from the Barcelona Tourist board (and no, I'm not about to believe any single source).

    The second qustion is quite clear - "What date were trees of this kind first planted?" It does not refer to those specific trees, but the type of tree. Oranges (and by implication the trees) have been cultivated in China since 2500 BC (from Wikipedia and confirmed by other sources)

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  72. 1) I saved the image and zoomed it to search for clues.
    2) I found a name above the entrance doors "palau de la generalitat"
    3) I googled "Palau de la generalitat" and found its direction: Plaça de Sant Jaume, 4
    08002 Barcelona, Espanya
    4) I went to maps.google.com to confirm, but I couldn't confirm.
    5) then, I went to wikipedia and coul match the images.
    6) Reading the wikipedia article, I could see some related images and one of them was about the inner part of the Palace, the "Pati dels tarongers" or "Orange Tree Courtyard".
    7) Ok, now I know that those palace has orange trees behind its doors.
    8) Searching for "Pati dels tarongers" in google.com, I found that this courtyard was an important part of Catalan Government Festivals, and I found that those Orange Trees were first planted at January 28th, 1534.
    9) I spent no more than 5 minutes searching.

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  73. They are "orange" trees planted at 28 january of 1534, i got there by looking up the right side flag, its the flag from cataluña, spain. One image search of google gets you to some articles where you can get the name: Palacio de la Generalitat de Cataluna. Another search for its history bring the trees and the date.

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  74. Orange Trees. Google and Wikipedia gave me the answer in about 30 seconds.

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  75. Less than 2 minutes. I used Google Goggles to identify the building. Then googled palau de la generalitat courtyard trees. Orange Trees popped up. The bonus answer is either 1532 when the building was built if that is your question, or 2500 BC cultivated in China according to Wikipedia.

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  76. Did google search of the inscription over the entrance door "Palau de la Generalitat" That led me to a wikipedia site of the palace in spain. Searched for "trees" on the wikipedia site and found a picture of "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)" Went back to google and searched for orange tree courtyard in barcelona and found barcelona tourism site that stated "The Pati dels Tarongers, which was built between 1532 and 1547"

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  77. All of 3 minutes, answer be Orange trees

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  78. This took approximately two minutes total.
    1. Search "Palau de Generalitat" as seen on the building in the full photo.
    2. Read the Wikipedia article, which is the first hit, and see the gallery with the picture of the "Pati dels Tarongers" - "Courtyard of the Orange Trees" which gives me answer number one.
    3. Do a second search on "Palau de Generalitat" adding "orange trees" as terms.
    4. Load the page of the first hit on BarceloneTourisme's site about the building, where I learned that the Pati dels Tarongers was built between 1532 and 1547, giving a fifteen year range for the first plantings.

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  79. Okay, I duckduckgo/wikipedia'd for 5-10 minutes based on the dome, the T-rex billboard on the right, and then the name above the door, and come up with the orange trees... but then I noticed that someone on the lifehacker article that links to this one had mentioned that the orange trees were not in the coartyard DIRECTLY behind the entrance... went to google maps, which has a bazillion geotagged pics of the neighborhood, and sure enough: the area directly behind the pictured entrance has what appears to be a potted fern thingy, not orange trees. link to google maps pic: https://maps.google.com/maps?q=pati+dels+tarongers&hl=en&ll=41.382985,2.176374&spn=0.000749,0.004128&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=56.768363,135.263672&t=h&hq=pati+dels+tarongers&radius=15000&z=19&layer=c&cbll=41.382982,2.176374&cbp=11,0,,0,0&photoid=po-61494406

    As for when these were first planted, I haven't a clue.

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  80. -Drag Image to Google Image Search
    -add tree to search term
    -switch back to normal search
    -> orange tree

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  81. About 10 minutes
    Zoomed into iamge and found inscription above door
    Used Google Images with the name of the building. Found pictures that clearly matched the building in your picture. Looked further down and saw a picture of the courtyard with trees. The trees had round orange fruit. I did a regular Google search with the building name and orange trees appended. Got hits for Pati dels Tarongers, which confirmed that my guess that these were orange trees.

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  82. Saw the flag was Spain's, then copied the inscription over the door and included the word Spain. First hit was wikipedia, clicked on it, did a Ctrl+F search for trees, wiki image of orange trees in the courtyard near the bottom

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  83. I dragged the image off then into google image search and read the wiki page ha.

    orange trees planted January 28th 1534.

    It took like 30 seconds

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  84. Answer: The Palau de la Generalitat in Barcelona, Catalonia.

    Bonus Answer: Orange Trees, first cultivated historically in 2500 bc in China.

    Solution time: Approx 3 minutes.

    Method Steps:
    1. Like many here, I noted the inscription over the doorway, did a google search- which pointed to wikipedia's page on the historic edifice. Noted the mention of the orchard and orange trees in the descriptions below.
    2. Did a quick check on the first cultivation date of oranges and noted the date 2500 bc.

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  85. 1 minute.

    Print screen. Paste in image editor of choice. Crop. Save.

    Go to images.google.com.

    Search by image. Upload saved file.

    Find out that many other people have taken pictures of the Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya from that angle.

    Open Wikipedia entry on Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.

    Find "trees" on page.

    Orange trees.

    Voilà!

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  86. Took 2-3 minutes. Zoomed into the pic and read the inscription "Palau de la Generalitat". Did a google search for "Palau de la Generalitat tree". Scanned the top few results saw "orange tree". Clicked on the Wiki page and ctrl +f for "orange". Saw "Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)". Did a search for "Pati dels Tarongers" clicked on the Wiki link and right there at the top it said "The first planting in the garden of Palau was 24 orange, the 28 January of 1534"

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  87. Found the flags first
    Searched for historic buildings in Catalania
    Searched for images of Palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya
    Ah, orange tress...
    Searched for Pati dels Tarongers
    ...28 January of 1534

    10 min

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  88. 3 minutes on an Android phone.
    1. Pulled up this page on my Macbook and took a picture of the screen with Google Goggles on my phone
    2. Pulled up the Wikipedia article for the landmark (which Goggles recognized immediately).
    3. Googled the landmark's name with the word "trees"
    4. Search revealed that the courtyard contains orange trees

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  89. 1. 'zoom in' to the image to find the name of the bulding which is
    - 'palace de la generalitat'
    2. google the name to reach its wikipedia page which reveals 'Courtyard of the orange trees (Pati dels Tarongers)'
    3. google for 'Pati dels Tarongers' to reach its wikipedia page in spanish.
    4. google translate it to english to reveal "The first planting in the garden of Palau was 24 orange, the 28 January of 1534"


    athur0dent

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  90. Google goggled the image and then wikipedia. All on my gnex. 3 minutes no typing. Just clicked on links.

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  91. I google goggles the image. Then clicked on a wiki link. All on my gnex..3 minutes no.typing.

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  92. After 5 minutes, here's what I've come up with:
    I looked at the picture, and didn't recognize the place, but thought recognized the Spanish flag. I googled Spain and confirmed it was a Spanish flag (or one with similar colors).
    Google image searching from the image by url provided several similar looking buildings, but not the identical building.
    I then downloaded and zoomed in on the image to reveal the text, "Palau de la Gen..." (I couldn't read the last part)
    Typing Palau de la g allowed google autocomplete to finish palau de la generalitat.
    I found palau de la generalitat in google maps, then dropped into street view to look at the back courtyard taken by jabaeyens.
    I didn't recognize the tree, but saw there were green fruits. I googled lime tree to see if this looked like a lime tree.
    I got a mixed group of citrus images in my results that confirmed I didn't know how to determine if these were lime or orange trees.
    I came here to see if anyone had answered yet - several people have commented that these are orange trees.
    The Patio de los Naranjos seems to be in Sevilla, while the Palau is in Barcelona, Mó. This is Pati dels Tarongers.
    http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pati_dels_Tarongers
    I looked at the source for the citation that was used to reference the trees' planting date, Enciclopèdia Catalana.
    I searched for Pati dels Tarongers: "No s'han trobat resultats de la vostra cerca."
    Palau de la Generalitat: two results, one of which was palau de la Generalitat de Catalunya.
    http://www.enciclopedia.cat/fitxa_v2.jsp?NDCHEC=0029657&BATE=palau%2520de%2520la%2520Generalitat%2520de%2520Catalunya
    Unfortunately, this article contains no reference to Dionís de Carcassona!
    I was further distressed that the second reference leads to what appears to be a broken link!
    The crosslinked wikipedia article, http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dion%C3%ADs_de_Carcassona, also contained a reference to Enciclopèdia Catalana.
    Both reference an article, "Història de la Generalitat de Catalunya i els seus Presidents," that does not appear to be available in the online version of Enciclopèdia Catalana.
    I declare this mystery unsolved! What library has Enciclopèdia Catalana?!

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  93. flag search to find the place. wiki on the place to find the building. buildings wiki says its orange tree on the courtyard.

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  94. Less than a minute:

    1)Google goggles on the image brought me to its wiki
    2)Selected the local language (Catalan) for the wiki
    3)Saw the orange trees, clicked on the picture
    4)Saw it was also used in the article 'pati dels tarongers' specifically about the patio and immediately saw it was the 28th of January 1534.

    It helps when you speak the language though :) But still it wouldn't have taken much longer with google translate.

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