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St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor)
St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor)

St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) Tours and Tickets

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With its gigantic golden dome coated with over 220 pounds of gold and an impressive red granite portico, St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) looks more like a palace than a cathedral, and it’s no surprise that the eye-catching masterpiece is among St. Petersburg’s most visited attractions. Commissioned by Tsar Alexander I in 1818 to mark the defeat of Napoleon, the magnificent cathedral took over 40 years to build and still ranks among the largest domed cathedrals in the world, with a capacity for up to 14,000 worshipers.

Set on the banks of the Neva River, the cathedral’s extravagant design was the work of French architect Auguste de Montferrand, blending Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical elements, and sparing no expenses. The cathedral interiors are equally lavish, featuring painstakingly sculpted reliefs, grand bronze doors and a colonnaded iconostasis adorned with semiprecious gems.

Today, the cathedral is only occasionally used for worship, instead serving as a museum and housing an impressive collection of 19th-century fine art and mosaics. For many visitors, the highlight is climbing the 300 steps to the cathedral's colonnade, from where the views expand over the city.

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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

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Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
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  • 2 days
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2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

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Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day shore excursion with a small group. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces, the Peterhof Fountain Park, and the famous Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise through the 'Venice of the North' and choose to upgrade your experience with a tour extension featuring visits to the Faberge Museum and some of the city's top nighttime attractions.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Enjoy a luxurious experience of St. Petersburg during a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion in the remarkable Russian city. With an accomplished guide, discover the most sought-after sights, including the Peterhof Palace and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and gain valuable insight into intriguing Russian history and culture. Feast on traditional Russian food and relish the intimate ambiance of this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$316.49
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Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

Private Shore-Excursion: 1-Day Fully Flexible St Petersburg Tour

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When your ship docks in St. Petersburg's port, enjoy personalized attention and a flexible itinerary on this private shore excursion. The tour is fully tailored to your interests, and transportation is provided in a private, air-conditioned, sedan or minibus. Pickup and drop-off at the port; no Russian visa required.
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  • 8 hours
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$194.00
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1-Day St. Petersburg PRIVATE ALL INCLUSIVE GRAND TOUR Skip-the-line

1-Day St. Petersburg PRIVATE ALL INCLUSIVE GRAND TOUR Skip-the-line

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Dip into one of the world’s greatest city's on this full-day tour of St. Petersburg. With a guide, stop at some of the city’s top landmarks such as the Winter Palace, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood. View magnificent pieces of architecture as your guide explains their history.b Then, complete your experience with a 3-hour guided tour of the renowned Hermitage Museum.
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  • 8 hours
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2 Days in St Petersburg with Private Expert Guide

2 Days in St Petersburg with Private Expert Guide

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Some group tours can feel impersonal and rigidly planned. This private two-day tour of St. Petersburg offers the flexibility to customize the tour to your own interests. See the city's top sights, as well as some lesser-known spots, and travel just outside the city to Peterhof to explore its palaces, fountains, and gardens.
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  • 2 days
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 2-day tour through St. Petersburg gets you acquainted with the city, its history, and its culture. Visit Catherine Palace, Peterhof Garden (Petrodvorets), Rasputin Museum at the Yusupov Palace, the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Plus go on a canal and riverboat ride, and gain early access to The Hermitage.
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  • 2 days
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$315.00
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Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

Private Custom Guided Tour with Driver for a Day

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Explore St. Petersburg the way you want with a private, full-day flexible tour. Customize your perfect itinerary in advance and relax with pre-arranged logistics and pre-booked skip-the-line tickets. Discover highlights like St. Isaac’s Cathedal and Church on the Spilled Blood, take a canal cruise, or devote time to the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, or Peterhof — you choose. Entrance fees and meals are at your own expense, with private air-conditioned transport and guiding services included.
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  • 8 hours
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$152.00
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ALL INCLUSIVE: Full Day Tour of St Petersburg

ALL INCLUSIVE: Full Day Tour of St Petersburg

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Get acquainted with St. Petersburg and its sights with this day-long tour of the city. Covering more ground and sights than you would do by foot, the coach tour takes in all the top St. Petersburg attractions including St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. You’ll even savor a traditional Russian lunch and visit the State Hermitage Museum, too.
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  • 8 hours
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2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

2-Day Private City Tour of St Petersburg

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Embark on a 2-day private guided tour of St Petersburg and immerse yourself in the city's many wonders. This multi-day excursion allows you to delve beneath the surface of some top attractions for a more thorough and rewarding experience. Learn the story behind the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood, marvel at Peterhof's magnificent fountains, and see the ongoing restoration of Catherine Palace, largely destroyed during WWII. Cruise along the canals of this 'Venice of the North' and explore both the Hermitage and the city's metro stations: artworks in themselves.
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  • 2 days
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$40.00
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Private Tour to Saint Isaac's Cathedral

Private Tour to Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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See one of the wonderful churches, the icons of golden mosaics and the columns of malachite and lapis lazuli in the grand St Isaac’s Cathedral also known as the museum of four cathedrals with this tour in St. Petersburg. We will make every effort possible to make your visit to the cathedrals a memorable experience, convenient and comfortable for you. With your guide, discover the main building in the history of northern capital. You will find out the details of its construction and history. Because of the cultural and historical background, Saint Isaac's Cathedral is no doubt a must visit in Saint-Petersburg, and in Russia in general.
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  • 1 hour
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2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

2-Day City Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg

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While your cruise ship is docked, see the highlights of St. Petersburg with ease on this 2-day excursion. Accompanied by a guide, travel in an air-conditioned minivan. Visit Catherine Palace and the Amber Room, stroll through the gardens at Peterhof, and visit the Hermitage before the opening hours to skip the crowds. Take a boat ride along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg.
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  • 18 hours 30 minutes
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St Petersburg Must-Sees Private Tour

St Petersburg Must-Sees Private Tour

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Enjoy our best-selling walking tour with a private local guide in Saint Petersburg. This exclusive tour includes a combination of the Must-See's attractions in the city center.
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  • 4 hours
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St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

St. Petersburg 3-Day All-Inclusive Tour

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg includes transport, lunches, and all entrance fees for places shown on the below itinerary, so you can relax and enjoy your time exploring what the city has to offer. Go to the famous Hermitage and the Faberge Museum to learn about Russia’s history. Along the three days, see Yusupov Palace, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Peterhof Palace and Garden (Petrodvorets), the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and Catherine Palace and Park.
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  • 3 days
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Must See Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 2-day Must See Shore Excursion

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Get a comprehensive overview of Russia’s cultural capital on this 2-day small-group shore excursion to St. Petersburg. See famous landmarks such as the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and much more. Enjoy a boat tour along the canals and the Neva River, 3-course Russian lunches on each day, and skip-the-line admission to popular attractions.
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  • 2 days
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$300.00
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Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

Small Group Visa Free St. Petersburg 3-day Grand Shore Excursion

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This 3-day tour of St. Petersburg is perfect for cruise ship guests making a stop in the city because it’s visa-free and includes all transportation. See popular places, such as the Russian-Orthodox Peter and Paul Cathedral, Catherine Palace, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Gain early entry into The Hermitage and the Peterhof Gardens. Visit the Faberge Museum, and then head to Yusupov Palace to walk through the Rasputin exhibit. Plus, see the city sights by boat on a cruise along a river and canal.
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  • 3 days
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$395.00
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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: All-inclusive Visa-Free 2-day Tour

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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: All-inclusive Visa-Free 2-day Tour

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Explore the wonders of Russia's western port city without the hassle of having to secure a visa. Your 2-day St Petersburg shore excursion includes free admission to many notable attractions. See Peterhof and it's fountains, visit Catherine Palace and learn the story behind its recreated Amber Room. Enjoy a guided tour of the Hermitage and discover Yusupov Palace's cellar, where a group of Russian conspirators poisoned the legendary mystic, Rasputin. You also visit the Savior on the Spilled Blood Chuch and St. Isaac's Cathedral.
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  • 2 days
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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day All Highlights Mini-Group Tour

St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day All Highlights Mini-Group Tour

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This 2-day tour of St. Petersburg packs in tons of the city's highlights and even welcomes you to the city with a small gift. Skip the long lines at main attractions, and avoid the hassle of buying tickets, too. This tour includes your admission to The Hermitage, Peterhof Park and Garden (Petrodvorets), Catherine Palace, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Plus it also includes access to the Rasputin exhibit at Yusupov Palace.
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  • 2 days
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$265.00
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Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

Private Shore Excursion: Two Day Comprehensive St. Petersburg

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Group shore excursions can sometimes feel rigid and impersonal. This private guided tour of St. Petersburg offers the flexibility to customize according to your interests and spends two days exploring so that you get a comprehensive view of the city and its surroundings. Visit such landmarks as the Hermitage and Catherine Palace, and enjoy a scenic canal cruise.
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  • 20 hours
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$650.00
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$650.00
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Shore Excursion: Three Day Highlights Tour

Shore Excursion: Three Day Highlights Tour

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Discover the regal residences and arresting landmarks of St Petersburg on a comprehensive 3-day shore excursion led by a professional guide. Gain an insiders perspective of the remarkable Russian city as you visit monuments like Peterhof, the Church on Spilled Blood and the Faberge Museum. Take a relaxed cruise along St Petersburg’s canals; marvel at the impressive statues in metro stations; and browse the enriching exhibits of the Hermitage, Russia’s largest museum.
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  • 1 day 1 hour
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$395.00
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$395.00

VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

VISA-Free 2-Day St. Petersburg Discovery Tour

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Take a worry-free and visa-free trip to the former imperial city of St. Peterburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. Visit key landmarks such as Peter and Paul Cathedral, Peterhof, the Amber Room at Catherine’s Palace, the Faberge Museum, and much more. Learn about Russia’s rich history, art, and culture from your tour guide, enjoy a relaxing boat ride, and even sample the gastronomy with two included Russian lunches.
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  • 2 days
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$357.70
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2 Day All Highlights of St Peterburg Shore Excursion Tour

2 Day All Highlights of St Peterburg Shore Excursion Tour

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This tour, paced over two days, will let you see all the major attractions of St.Petersburg: State Hermitage & Winter palace, Peterhof fountains and Catherine palace with the Amber room, Cathedral of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, St.Isaac Cathedral, Nevsky prospect etc. - Enjoy the service of a Personal Licensed Expert Guide - Get your private comfortable air-conditioned transportation - Skip long lines to popular attractions (tickets are all pre-booked) - Experience some city old areas in the countryside with the famous datchas - Take a delightful hydrofoil ride which will allow you to experience some modern residential areas of St. Petersburg from the water - Take a metro ride to experience a little bit of local everyday life and see spectacular subway stations, decorated with marble, bronze chandeliers, mosaic, statues.
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  • 2 days
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$584.62
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St Petersburg Highlights:Peter and Paul & Savior on Blood &St Isaac's Cathedrals

St Petersburg Highlights:Peter and Paul & Savior on Blood &St Isaac's Cathedrals

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View St Petersburg’s iconic highlights on this 3-hour small-group tour with an informative guide. Travel around the sites in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle; stop to visit must-sees including the Peter and Paul Fortress and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Admire the sweeping views from the Spit of St Basil Island, and see the Nevsky Prospect, Winter Palace and more, as your guide recounts the revolutions and events of the city’s 300-year-old history. Perfect for first-time visitors, the tour is limited to six people for a more personalized atmosphere.
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  • 4 hours
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$90.00
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$90.00
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St Petersburg 3 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

St Petersburg 3 Day Visa Free Shore Tour

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Due to be in port St Petersburg for three days? See all the highlights of this glorious city on a 3-day, visa-free shore excursion. Join your expert guide and visit the spectacular Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace and Catherine Palace, including its showpiece Amber Room. View the Romanov tombs at the Cathedral at the Peter and Paul Fortress, take a canal cruise and tour Yusupov Palace, assassination site of the monk Rasputin. Numbers are limited to 15 for a small-group experience, and your 3-day sightseeing includes port transfers and entrance fees.
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  • 3 days
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What are St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) hours of operation?
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St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) hours of operation: Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (except for the last Monday of the month), with last entry at 6 p.m. The colonnade is also open until 11 p.m. during the summer months.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) costs USD 4.60. Guided St. Isaac’s Cathedral (Isaakievskiy Sobor) tours start around USD 4.60 per person.
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