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Ben Ezra Synagogue used to be a Christian place of worship by the name of El-Shamieen Church and according to a legend, the building was built on the exact spot where Moses was found as a baby in his basket. However, when the Coptic Christians owning it weren’t able to pay the annual taxes imposed by the Muslim rulers any longer, they had to sell the church. It was sold to Abraham Ben Ezra, who purchased the building in 882 AD for 20,000 dinars and turned it into a Jewish synagogue.

The synagogue became a place where North African Jews congregated for major festivals and famous rabbis came to worship on their visits to Cairo. Then, during a restoration in 1890, the most famous and diverse Geniza in the world was found. In an empty space below the roof, roughly 300,000 priceless manuscripts were hidden away, a collection that is now known as the Cairo Geniza. The manuscripts have long since been transferred to different libraries, but visitors to the synagogue will still be able to visit this place of historical importance and learn about Coptic and Jewish Cairo. In fact, the Ben Ezra Synagogue is the most visited Jewish site in the city and surprises visitors with the beautiful geometric and floral patterns in the Turkish style.

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Cairo Day Tour to Giza including Nile Dinner Cruise and Lunch

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Experience the magic of cruising the Nile on an unforgettable full-day tour to Giza from Cairo. Alongside an expert Egyptologist guide, behold the iconic Great Pyramid of Giza and receive a fascinating introduction to the ancient history of the structure. Admire the resplendent golden mask of Tutankhamun in the Egyptian Museum; enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch in a rustic restaurant; and absorb the historical charm of Cairo’s Old Town on a guided tour. Conclude your excursion with a romantic cruise down the Nile River; onboard, delight in a gourmet meal and a traditional dance performance before returning to your Cairo hotel.
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  • 14 hours
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$99.00
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11-Night Private Mysteries of Egypt Tour

11-Night Private Mysteries of Egypt Tour

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Experience the very best of ancient Egypt on a tour that follows the Nile Valley from Cairo to Abu Simbel, with stops at some of the country’s most remarkable places. Immerse yourself in Cairo’s bustling streets, cruise the Nile River between Aswan and Luxor, pause at magnificent riverside temples, then climb into the Great Pyramid at Giza. With a mix of guided tours and independent time to explore on your own, this remarkable trip is a fun, flexible introduction to the wonders of the ancient world.
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  • 12 days
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Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

Private Tour: Coptic Cairo, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga, Ben Ezra

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Discover the historical treasures of the Coptic Christian community on this 3-hour private tour of Coptic Cairo. Travel into this captivating neighborhood, also known as Old Cairo, with your private guide, and visit a medley of early, icon-adorned churches, including the Hanging Church and Abu Serga, where the holy family is said to have found refuge. Learn about Egypt’s rich Coptic heritage, and visit the Coptic Museum, a treasure trove of ancient artifacts that tell the story of this Christian community, one of the world’s oldest.
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  • 3 hours
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12-Night Private Tour: Amarna and El Minya with Cruise and Train

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Explore beyond the beaten path on a comprehensive tour of Egypt’s remarkable ancient sites, traveling by Nile River boat, train, and private car. With a personal guide to ensure a great experience for your private group, you’ll see the towering Pyramids at Giza, visit ancient tombs and temples, enter the Valley of the Kings, and cruise the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Since accommodations and tours are included, this extended tour offers a smooth, comfortable introduction to the very best of Egypt.
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  • 13 days
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Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour

Private Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour

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Explore Cairo’s dynamic Christian and Islamic history on a walking day tour of the old city. The outing is divided into two segments. First you’ll visit Christian Coptic Cairo—among the most important locations for Christians in Egypt—and visit a church and a synagogue. After a lunch break at a local restaurant, continue on to learn about Islamic Cairo, where you’ll have the opportunity to enter two mosques.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Full Day Tour Visiting Coptic and Islamic Cairo

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Visit Cairo’s religious landmarks on a private tour to the city’s most important Coptic, Islamic, and Jewish places. Learn how the Christian Holy Family took shelter on the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church, explore the Church of Saint Barbara, and see the gilded icons that adorn the Hanging Church. Enter a synagogue built where baby Moses was found and eat lunch at a local restaurant; see Cairo’s most important mosques then take in sweeping views of the city from Saladin’s 15th-century citadel. 
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  • 8 hours
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$24.00
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Tour of Old Cairo

Tour of Old Cairo

Coptic Cairo is a part of Old Cairo which encompasses the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St. George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites. It is believed in Christian tradition that the Holy Family visited this area and stayed at the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga).[1] Coptic Cairo was a stronghold for Christianity in Egypt until the Islamic era, though most of the current buildings of the churches in Coptic Cairo were built after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in the 7th century.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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3 Days private guided Cairo travel package

3 Days private guided Cairo travel package

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Explore ancient Giza, the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, and other popular Cairo landmarks on an affordable three-day tour package. After hotel pickup, travel with your Egyptologist guide to the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Valley Temple, Memphis, and the Sakkara and Dahsure pyramids. Check out the museum’s King Tut exhibit, tour the Citadel, shop for fine products at Khan El Khalili Bazaar, and explore historic Islamic, Christian and Jewish sites.
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  • 3 days
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Day Tour To Islamic And Christian Cairo

Day Tour To Islamic And Christian Cairo

visit Islamic and Christian Cairo Where you can visit the historical mosques, Islamic, El Moez street & Christian sites in Cairo and Churches in Cairo, the Church of Abu-Sergah and St. Barbara, the hanging church, and the old Jewish synagogue – Ben Ezra Synagogue.
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  • 8 hours
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$97.15
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Half-day Tour in Churches of Cairo

Half-day Tour in Churches of Cairo

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Marvel at Cairo’s UNESCO-listed treasures on a small-group tour of the city’s historic churches. Explore Coptic Cairo and the famous Hanging Church; visit the Cave Church, the Church of Santa Barbara, and Church of Saint Sergius; and learn more about Cairo’s rich religious history and heritage.
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  • 5 hours
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$36.00
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Cairo full day city tour with private modern car and tour guide

Cairo full day city tour with private modern car and tour guide

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Explore Cairo’s churches, mosques, markets, and antiquities on this all-day excursion. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit the Egyptian Museum and check out the King Tut exhibit and other important artifacts. Explore the 12th century citadel and marvel at historic religious sites like the Hanging Church, the synagogue of Ben Ezra, and the Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-As. Finish at the famed Khan el Khalili bazaar, Cairo’s sprawling 700-year-old market.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

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Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church in Cairo

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Visit three pyramids and ancient Egyptian churches on this private, full-day adventure in Cairo. See the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex; the Great Sphinx of Giza on the west bank of the Nile; the Coptic Cairo museum, featuring a collection of ancient Egyptian Christian artwork, objects and manuscripts; and the Monastery of Saint Simon, or the Cave Church, located in the Mokattam mountain. All necessary entrance fees, plus a Cairo hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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Egypt Tour Nile Cruise and Pyramids 10 Days - 9 Nights

Egypt Tour Nile Cruise and Pyramids 10 Days - 9 Nights

Get a comprehensive tour of Egypt, including a Nile cruise, on this 10-day tour. Planning an action-packed multi-day tour on your own is daunting; booking this trip means you’ll have everything arranged for you. Sail the Nile on a 6-night cruise, including daily outings during stops along the way. Then step back on land and explore Cairo’s sights with nightly accommodation in a 4-star hotel. Highlights include Edfu, Kom Ombo, Karnak, Luxor, and other can’t-miss landmarks.
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  • 10 days
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Day Tour Cairo Egyptian Museum Coptic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar from Giza

Day Tour Cairo Egyptian Museum Coptic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar from Giza

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Explore the Egyptian Museum, Cairo’s Coptic heritage, and Khan El Khalili Bazaar on a full-day tour from Giza. Take in gleaming antiquities in the museum then see Egypt’s iconic churches; enter the sanctuary of the Hanging Church, climb broad steps into the Church of St. George, then visit the St. Barbara Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the legendary site where baby Moses was found. Make a final stop at Egypt’s most celebrated souk, where vendors display piles of spices, souvenirs and handicrafts. 
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  • 7 hours
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$48.00
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Private Half-Day Tour to Coptic Cairo

Private Half-Day Tour to Coptic Cairo

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Enjoy a half-day exploring some of Coptic Cairo's top sites on this remarkable private tour. Follow an expert Egyptologist through ancient ruins, historic landmarks and top attractions. Learn about history and Coptic Christian culture as you wind through the streets and alleys of Old Cairo. You'll visit Abu Serga, where the holy family sought refuge, as well as the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, Santa Barbara and more.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.80
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Private Day-Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Sala Din and Old Cairo

Private Day-Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Sala Din and Old Cairo

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Take in some of Cairo’s top sights, including the Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Old Cairo, with the aid of a private guide during this 8-hour day trip. Discover the more than 160,000 priceless artifacts at the Egyptian Museum, some dating back as far as 5,000 years. Continue your trip back through Egypt’s history at its Citadel, constructed in the 12th century to ward off invaders, and see the city’s Coptic area and Ben Ezra synagogue. Your Cairo sightseeing trip covers a private Egyptologist guide and vehicle, lunch, entrance fees and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
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Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo

Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo

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Visit four of Cairo’s star attractions and explore Old Cairo on this full-day tour, including lunch, with an Egyptologist guide. Visit the Egyptian Museum to see Tutankhamun’s funerary mask and more; and view the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, otherwise called the Alabaster Mosque. Delve into the ancient lanes of Old Cairo to see the famous Hanging Church, other Coptic churches and the Synagogue of Ben Ezra. Finish at the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Cairo’s old souk, with free time to explore the narrow alleyways and shop for handicrafts, jewelry and trinkets.
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  • 8 hours
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$99.99
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Explore Turkey and Egypt Tour Package 7 Days Combined Two Magical Countries

Explore Turkey and Egypt Tour Package 7 Days Combined Two Magical Countries

Turkey and Egypt travel packages: Travel to Istanbul Turkey and Cairo Egypt in 7 Days Tour Package Top attractions of Cairo and Istanbul. Istanbul– The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul: was once a house of worship for several religions as Christian and Islam Cairo – The great pyramids of Giza in Cairo : the great Pyramid is one of the seven wonders of the world Istanbul–Blue mosque in Istanbul : built by Sultan Ahmet in the early 17th century and considered the symbol Of Istanbul city it has amazing blue tiles and an Egyptian obelisk in the garden taken from Egypt. Cairo –Alabaster mosque in Cairo : built by Muhammad Ali. Istanbul – Grand Bazaar in istanbul Cairo – Khan Elkhalili Bazaar & Old Cairo 
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  • 7 days
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$1,450.00
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Golden 5 days Cairo Tour

Golden 5 days Cairo Tour

Beginning and ending with airport transfer, every detail of your 5-day Egyptian adventure is ready to go when you are. Enjoy complimentary admission to all attractions in both Cairo and Alexandria. Private guided visits at each location ensure a personalized and immersive experience. After each day of sightseeing, rest easy in a 4-star or higher hotel and have complimentary breakfast each morning.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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$250.00
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Tour to Cairo from Luxor by Train with First Class Seat

Tour to Cairo from Luxor by Train with First Class Seat

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Travel to Cairo to see the Egyptian capital’s treasures—all without flying or having to worry about tickets and transfers—on this private 2-night tour by rail from Luxor. Enjoy the experience of traveling first-class by overnight train, and in Cairo, experience a private tour of the Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo, and more before your return rail journey. Entry fees, lunch, and round-trip hotel transfers are included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.00
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Holy Day Tour: Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church

Holy Day Tour: Coptic Cairo and Saint Simon Church

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Soak up the unique spiritual atmosphere of Egypt during this private 5-hour exploration of Cairo’s historic churches and synagogues. Wander the atmospheric streets of Cairo’s Coptic District, discovering the country’s Christian history through your stops at historic churches like Abu-Sergah, St. Barbara and the Hanging Church. You’ll also explore Egypt’s Jewish history at the Ben Ezra Synagogue and learn the story of Saint Simon the Tanner, a 10th-century Coptic Orthodox religious figure. Your trip also includes a private Egyptologist guide, entrance fees, bottled water and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$42.86
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$42.86
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Private 11-day Tour as an Expert and Egyptology, unique ancient experience back to 7000 BC by Nile cruise

Private 11-day Tour as an Expert and Egyptology, unique ancient experience back to 7000 BC by Nile cruise

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11 days prepare yourself to be Egyptologist. If you want to combined Nile & sun beside culture & history register for this tour, you will experience all ancient Egypt as an Expert, this unique tour will let you know more secrets of Pharaonic Islamic Coptic civilizations, Millions were tour classical Egypt, but you are not like them, we tailor new itinerary that little seen by others Visit Djoser Sakkara the 3rd Dynasty 2650 BC, The mystery of the 100 ton ‘boxes’ at the Serapeum of Saqqara, the Red and the Bent Pyramid built for king Senefru the father of king Cheops (4th dynasty of the old Kingdom) Drive to Alexandria visit the fort of Qaitbey was built in the 10th AD century, the Virgin Mary church built in the 3rd century, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Village of the Artisians, the Ramessium and the tomb of Ramose and the Temple of Amenhotep 111
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  • 11 days
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$780.00
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Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin and Old Cairo Churches

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin and Old Cairo Churches

Enjoy a full-day private tour of some of Egypt's most-famous religious monuments and museums with this popular tour that's perfect for both first-time visitors and returning travelers. Tour the Egypt Museum and the Citadel, then follow your private guide to the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque and Old Cairo churches. You'll make stops at St Sergio's and Hanging Church as part of this memorable tour that includes round-trip air-conditioned minivan transportation and a knowledgeable private guide.
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  • 9 hours
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$119.29
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 Private Tour of Coptic Cairo Including Saint Simon Church in Moqqatam

Private Tour of Coptic Cairo Including Saint Simon Church in Moqqatam

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Plunge into the ancient history of Coptic Cairo on a private full-day tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Absorb the historical charm of Old Cairo, an atmospheric enclave home to landmarks like the Hanging Church and the Roman ruins of the Babylon Fortress. Descend to the crypt of an archaic Coptic church; feast on typical Egyptian dishes like Koshary at lunchtime; and head inside the colossal mountain, El Moqqatam, to see the holy inscriptions carved onto the stone walls. Receive undivided attention from your guide on this educational private tour.   
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  • 6 hours
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$22.88
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Ben Ezra Synagogue costs USD 20.00. Guided Ben Ezra Synagogue tours start around USD 20.00 per person. See all 112 Ben Ezra Synagogue tickets and tours on Viator.
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