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Boyana Church Tours

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Boyana Church
The UNESCO-listed Boyana Church is made up of three distinctive sections, which reflect the architectural styles of the 10th, 13th, and 19th century respectively. The Orthodox church is held in high esteem throughout Europe due to its collection of 89 hand-painted frescoes, which depict 240 individual figures in various religious scenes.

The Basics
Booking ahead of time is vital, as access to the church’s interior is limited. An admission ticket to Boyana Church is included on most city tours, which put Sofia’s numerous historical landmarks into context. Tours with round-trip transfers from Sofia provide hassle-free access to other distant destinations, such as Mt. Vitosha, Rila Monastery and, in some cases, Macedonia and Serbia, while guided exploration provides more intimate insight into the church and can be arranged on admission.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Boyana Church is a must for anyone interested in art, history, religion, architecture, or culture.
  • A maximum of 10 people may enter Boyana Church at once, ensuring a peaceful atmosphere at all times.
  • You can purchase an admission ticket ahead of time to secure a time slot that most suits your schedule.
  • Time allowed inside is strictly limited to 15 minutes.
  • No photos or videos are permitted inside the church.

How to Get There
Boyana Church is located on the southeast outskirts of the city, at the foot of Vitosha Mountain. Most travelers opt for private transfer by taxi or tour, but the church is also served by the 107 or 64 bus. Parking is available nearby.

When to Get There
Independent visitors should arrive early in the morning or after lunch to avoid group tours that have guaranteed access for a specific slot. On sunny days, it's worth taking advantage of the church’s close proximity to Vitosha Nature Park, home to many picturesque hiking routes.

UNESCO-listed Landmarks
Further south in the Rila Mountains, Bulgaria’s largest monastery also holds UNESCO-listed status. The Eastern Orthodox Rila Monastery dates back to the 10th century and draws visitors with its unique religious artwork, scenic surroundings, and Bulgarian Renaissance architecture. The monastery opens daily, and with some planning, it’s possible to tick off both landmarks in just one trip.
Address: 3 Boyansko Ezero Str, Sofia 1616, Bulgaria
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Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

Full-Day Rila Monastery, the cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church Tour from Sofia

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The Rila Monastery and Boyana Church are two of Bulgaria’s most impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and this full-day tour from Sofia visits both in one day. Tour the medieval Boyana Church, famous for its magnificent 13th-century frescoes; admire the natural landscapes of the Rila Mountain Nature Park; then explore the churches and caves of the Rila Monastery complex.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.44
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

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Immerse yourself in the beguiling beauty of two of Bulgaria’s most spectacular sights on a full-day trip from Sofia. Admire the natural splendor of rural Bulgaria as you travel to the Rila Monastery, a sacred structure cradled by the dense pine forests of the mountains. Delve into the history of the medieval landmark and browse the intriguing exhibitions of the on-site museum. Continue to Boyana Church to gaze at the fascinating pre-Renaissance frescoes that decorate the walls within. Please note, entrance fees are not included on this tour.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$37.07
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$37.07
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Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

Flexible Day Trip to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church from Sofia

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Two UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1 day only. Rila Monastery is the largest, the most beautiful and the most important Bulgarian monastery, Boyana Church is famous for its proto-Renaissance wall paintings from the 13th century. Enjoy all this either in a self-guided or privately-guided tours.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.42
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$28.42
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Shuttle Tour

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Travel with a small group to Rila Monastery and Boyana Church, two UNESCO World Heritage sites. An informative guide points out 19th-century paintings depicting the Bulgarian Renaissance at the country’s largest monastery, set against the beauty of the Rila mountains. In the afternoon, visit Boyana Church to view its medieval frescoes. You’ll travel round-trip by air-conditioned minivan from Sofia’s Alexander Nevski Square.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$38.02
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$38.02
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Boyana Church tour

Boyana Church tour

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Visit one of Buglaria's must-see UNESCO World Heritage Sites, without planning a thing, on this hassle-free tour to Boyana Church. After an easy ride to the outskirts of Sofia, you can pay your entry fee and enter this stunning medieval religious space. See the church's three distinct parts—built in the 11th, 13th, and 19th centuries—and admire the renowned frescoes dating back over 1,000 years.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.59
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$25.59
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Bulgaria and Macedonia Full-Day Tour from Sofia

Bulgaria and Macedonia Full-Day Tour from Sofia

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See two of Bulgaria’s religious treasures and another in Macedonia on this full-day tour from Sofia. Admire Sofia’s Boyana Church, a UNESCO-listed gem famed for its 13th-century frescoes, and then travel to the rural Zemen Monastery, a medieval complex graced with murals and portraits of Bulgarian nobles. Finally, cross into Macedonia to the mountainside Osogovo Monastery, considered one of the country’s most beautiful. Lunch, Boyana and Zemen admission, and Sofia hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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$98.86
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$98.86
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Bulgaria and Serbia in One Day from Sofia

Bulgaria and Serbia in One Day from Sofia

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Explore two Bulgarian and Serbian medieval masterpieces on this 9-hour tour to Boyana Church and Poganovo Monastery from Sofia. First, visit the UNESCO-protected Boyana Church just outside Sofia, to admire its 13th-century frescoes, considered some of the best examples of medieval Bulgarian artistry. Then, cross into Serbia to the Poganovo Monastery to view its artworks and treasures, and absorb its deep spirituality. Tour includes a Serbian lunch, air-conditioned transport, and Sofia hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.26
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Day tour to Rila Monastery, Cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church from Sofia

Day tour to Rila Monastery, Cave of St.Ivan and Boyana Church from Sofia

Many tourists choose to explore two of Bulgaria's famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites for a cultural excursion from Sofia: Boyana Church and the Rila Monastery. Through this guided tour you will visit both attractions in a single day. While you pay admission fees to these must-see sites, there is a tremendous advantage to you because you don't do any preparation, just enjoy simple transportation from Sofia.
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  • 7 to 8 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.61
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$55.61
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Boyana Church, National Hisotry Museum and Zemen Monastery Private Day Trip

Boyana Church, National Hisotry Museum and Zemen Monastery Private Day Trip

Explore Sofia’s UNESCO World Heritage sites on a private 3-hour tour with convenient round-trip transport from local accommodations. In addition to navigating, your guide offers background often missed by visitors about each stop on the itinerary: Bulgaria’s National History Museum, Boyana Church and its medieval frescoes, and an 11th century monastery. Booking a private tour ensures plenty of time for photos and your guide's full attention.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.68
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$92.68
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day Trip from Sofia

In this day tour, you’ll get to visit two of Bulgaria’s historical sites in one day. See the landscape of Bulgaria on a drive south, and visit the ancient Monastery of Rila with a guide to do justice to its history and riches. Finally, return to the suburbs of Sofia to see and know about the fresco-filled Boyana Church.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$55.61
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$55.61
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Self-guided tour of Boyana Church

Self-guided tour of Boyana Church

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Boyana Church is a medieval Bulgarian Orthodox church situated in the Boyana village, near Sofia. The monument is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. This site is one of the most completely and perfectly preserved monuments of east European medieval art. The frescoes in the church, painted in 1259, make it one of the most important collections of medieval paintings. Our e-guide will ease your visit to the place as it's personalized and covering all existing languages. You could use it on your devices whenever you want, at your own pace.
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  • 30 minutes to 1 hour
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$8.65
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$8.65
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Private Sofia Half Day Tour with Boyana Church and National History Museum

Private Sofia Half Day Tour with Boyana Church and National History Museum

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Enjoy a half- day private tour with which you will have the chance not only to see the central part of Sofia, but also the Boyana Church- UNESCO heritage site- and the National History Museum, situated at the foot of Vitosha Mountain.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.14
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Vitosha Mountain, Boyana Church and Dragalevtsi Monastery Private Day Trip

Vitosha Mountain, Boyana Church and Dragalevtsi Monastery Private Day Trip

Visit two of Bulgaria’s religious sites with ease from Sofia on this private full-day tour. Travel in an air-conditioned car equipped with WiFi to Vitosha Mountain and visit Boyana Church. Learn about its history from your driver-guide. Continue on to Dragalevtsi Monastery. Take in panoramic views of Sofia from Vitosha Mountain and go on a hike if weather permits.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$92.68
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$92.68
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Classic Rila monastery and Boyana church

Classic Rila monastery and Boyana church

The tour is one o f the classic clutural and heritage tours and with us you will find you learn not only about the monastery and the church, but also history of Bulgaria, some Orthodox Christianity basics or details on Orthodox traditions, as well as you will get information on modern daily lifestyle of the average Bulgarian family, and last but not least - great profesional and friendly attitude by knowledgable tourguides!
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.43
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Small Group Day Trip

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Enjoy a day in the mountains by exploring 2 UNESCO sites. Visit Rila Monastery and Boyana church, UNESCO World Heritage sites. The 9-hour tour will be with a group and a professional guide in English. Most times the group size is 4-8 people. *Women should have their knees and shoulders covered in the monastery. *The Boyana church is closed on the 1st of January, on the Sunday of the Orthodox Easter, on the 24th of December, 25th of December and the 31st of December - and on such days the tour is done only to the Rila Monastery.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$43.25
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Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day tour from Sofia

Rila Monastery and Boyana Church Day tour from Sofia

With this one day tour you will have the opportunity to see two of the most popular and unique tourist sites in Bulgaria – the Monastery of Saint Ivan of Rila, better known as the Rila Monastery and the Boyana Church. Both of the sites are added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and both are among the most authentic, energetic and peaceful places in Bulgaria.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.64
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Private Rila monastery and Boyana church

Private Rila monastery and Boyana church

The classic tour includes two UNESCO listed sites and is the most popular one-day tour our of Sofia. It is very suitable for first -time visitors to Bulgaria, Sofia and who wnat to learn about Bulgarian history, love beautiful natural sites and appreciate culture and art
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$215.46
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$215.46
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Rila Monastery & Boyana Church - 2 World Heritage Sites in 1Day!

Rila Monastery & Boyana Church - 2 World Heritage Sites in 1Day!

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Take a drive with us to the Rila Monastery – UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in the gorgeous mountain scenery of the mountains, it is considered the highest achievement of Bulgarian monumental architecture of the National Revival period. 2 World Heritage Sites in 1Day! Audio Guide - Аvailable in 7 languages - English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Russian, Bulgarian Budget-friendly Small group
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.70
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$50.70
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The Rila monastery and the Boyana church (UNESCO) Private Tour

The Rila monastery and the Boyana church (UNESCO) Private Tour

Our service is unique as we provide young and knowledgeable guides that will also provide information on the every day life of the Bulgarians, the current political and economical situation and will gladly answer any other question that you ask. We are professional, energetic and extremely happy to have you on board. The historical information will be enough even for the most interested travelers.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$90.21
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$90.21
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One Day Trip to Boyana Church and Rila Monastery

One Day Trip to Boyana Church and Rila Monastery

The tour is combined with a review over the history of Bulgaria. It covers the impact of Byzantium and discovers the realities during the Ottoman period. It is not just a sightseeing. It is an attempt to understand the Bulgarian culture and the fate of the Bulgarian people.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$152.09
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$152.09
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Boyana Waterfall and Boyana Church One-Day Hiking Trip

Boyana Waterfall and Boyana Church One-Day Hiking Trip

Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, has the privilege to be only half an hour drive away from Vitosha Mountain. This provides great opportunity for foreign visitors to enjoy both the city life and the beautiful nature that surrounds it. Vitosha mountain is home of the first nature park in Bulgaria. Its highest peak is Cherni Vrah (Black Peak) – 2… m. This trip takes you on a trail that reveals the hidden beauty of the mountain – starting from the amazing city view from Kamen Del Peak and going down to one of its gems – the Boyana Waterfall. We close the day with a visit to one of the most popular cultural sights in Sofia – Boyana Church, situated in Boyana district, on the foot of the mountain. Eager to learn more? Check the itinerary and book your place today!
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.72
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$69.72
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Experience Sofia

Experience Sofia

When in Sofia it may seem initially there is not much to see. But you are just a step away from learning about not only the rich milenia history of the city but also about the local population of this part of the world - the ancient Thracians and their predecessors as the History museum will reveal to us some of the oldest artefacts discovered in this area. Boyana church itself is a great example of the Medieval art and even with its secret it stays in our memory forever!
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  • 5 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.38
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$63.38
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The most essential Bulgarian highlights

The most essential Bulgarian highlights

During the tour you will see the most essencial historical and archaeological places, some UNESCO sites, present day capital Sofia, some traces from communist era. You will enjoy delicious traditional food and wine and discover the best kept secret in Europe - Bulgaria!
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  • 6 days
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$1,790.21
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$1,790.21

Bulgaria Round Trip Itinerary - 12 days, 11 overnights on FB

Bulgaria Round Trip Itinerary - 12 days, 11 overnights on FB

During the tour you will see all the most significant historical and archaeological places, most UNESCO sites, present day big cities and small villages, monuments and traces from communist era. You will enjoy delicious traditional food and wine and discover the best kept secret in Europe - Bulgaria!
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  • 12 days
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$3,019.60
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