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Charleston City Market Tours

Charleston City Market
Smack in the middle of historic Charleston, the Charleston City Market is a central landmark for Holy City visitors. In addition to being one of the most visited historic attractions in town, the City Market—opened in 1807—is also one of the oldest continuously operating public markets in the United States.

The Basics
History, shopping, and South Carolina culture lure visitors to the Charleston City Market in droves. Visit on a Charleston walking tour to learn about the market’s long history as a commerce hub from a tour guide, or browse the market’s indoor Great Hall and centuries-old outdoor sheds on your own. Stroll past low country goods like stone-ground grits, sweetgrass baskets, and benne wafers, plus home goods, crafts, and clothing from more than 300 vendors, many of whom make their wares by hand.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The market is a must for foodies and first-time visitors to Charleston. 
  • There are two cafés inside the market and many more in the surrounding streets.
  • Dress for the weather to fully enjoy the indoor and outdoor market areas.
  • The market is accessible to wheelchair users and strollers.

How to Get There
The Charleston City Market is located at the intersection of Market and Meeting streets in Charleston’s historic district. Though there are street parking spots and parking garages nearby, it’s best to walk or take public transit, as traffic can be thick and parking can be limited. The free DASH shuttle and the city’s many pedicabs are both good options.

When to Get There
The market is open every day from 9:30am to 6pm except on Christmas Day. A special night market runs from 6:30pm to 10:30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Thursdays from April through December. 

Nearby Attractions in Historic Charleston 
Charleston’s historic downtown is rich with attractions beyond the City Market. Highlights include Rainbow Row, the Battery, and Waterfront Park. A number of guided tours, such as a carriage tour or a private tour, show you the sights while letting you in on Charleston’s history.
Address: 188 Meeting St., Charleston 29401, USA
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Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

Charleston’s Old South Carriage Historic Horse & Carriage Tour

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Experience more than 300 years of history on this guided carriage tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches, and gardens as your horse-drawn carriage tour covers more than 2.5 miles and 30 blocks of historic Charleston. Belgian and Percheron draft horses will you lead you through the streets while you learn about this “Holy City” and its role in the Civil War.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Daytime Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

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Ride a horse-drawn carriage through the heart of historic Charleston on a guided tour through the heart of the city. Soak up the old fashioned charm of cobblestone streets lined with antebellum houses, lush gardens, and landmark churches as you listen to stories about Charleston history, architecture, and culture.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

Haunted Evening Horse and Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Get all the thrills of a Charleston ghost tour without any walking on this haunted horse and carriage ride. A horse and carriage takes you down twisting side streets and cobbled alleyways with ease as your guide shares spooky stories from Charleston’s past. Make your way past the Mills House, the Circular Congregational Graveyard, and and Provost Dungeon in the heart of the Holy City.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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$35.00
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Savor the Flavors of Charleston Walking Food Tour

Savor the Flavors of Charleston Walking Food Tour

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Discover the delights of the Charleston food scene on this walking tour. With a guide, you'll learn about the cuisine of the Lowcountry region as you explore this historic city and sample local food products such as stone-ground grits, pralines, collard greens, and South Carolina barbecue. Tour is limited to 12 people for a small-group experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.07
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$70.07
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Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour

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An air-conditioned sightseeing bus offers a refreshing Charleston Sightseeing Tour for summertime visitors trying to escape the heat or those with limited mobility. Roll by popular "Holy City" sights like Rainbow Row, the Battery, White Point Gardens, Nathaniel Russell House, and St. Michael's Church from wide viewing windows while your guide informs and entertains with stories from Charleston's rich past.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$39.00
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$39.00
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Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour

Downtown Charleston Culinary Walking Food Tour

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Combine Charleston’s history with unique food samplings on this small-group culinary walking tour. Explore Charleston’s Old and Historic District, discovering the local landmarks and cuisine of locally owned and operated restaurants. Enjoy enough local favorites to make a meal for most visitors. All food tastings are included on this fantastic introduction to the ‘Holy City.’
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$73.24
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Charleston See-It-All Sightseeing Bus Tour

Charleston See-It-All Sightseeing Bus Tour

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Charleston's colonial history, laid-back vibe, and beautiful sites continue to steal the hearts of visitors to the Holy City. See the highlights of the peninsula in comfort on this 90-minute guided tour on a climate-controlled minibus with a maximum of 15 passengers. This narrated tour keeps you cool as you ride past must-see Charleston sights such as the Battery, the Citadel, Old City Market, and Hampton Park as well as enjoy spectacular views of Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan Island Lighthouse at a distance. Bonus: Admission to Charleston Powder Museum is also included with the price of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$32.00
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Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

Private Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Historic Charleston

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Explore Charleston in an intimate horse-drawn carriage during this private tour. Get personalized attention from your guide while riding through the historic streets of the old walled town.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$225.00
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$225.00
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Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House

Charleston History Sightseeing Bus Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House

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Travel back in time to discover one of America’s most historic cities—Charleston, South Carolina—on this guided sightseeing tour. Visit a plethora landmarks including Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States; the Old Exchange Building, South Carolina's most historic building; White Point Garden, in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, with a spectacular view of Fort Sumter and many more. Upgrade option available to include a tour of the famous Joseph Manigault House, one of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

Evening Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour of Downtown Charleston

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Discover downtown Charleston on a Southern-style carriage ride that passes through the Commercial District and Waterfront Park. Learn about the history, architecture, and people of this old South Carolina city throughout the tour.
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  • 35 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.00
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Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

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Get an inside perspective on Charleston's lesser-known black history during this 2-hour walking tour. Listen as your guide tells forgotten folktales and facts about important figures in the city's history.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.48
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Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Travel back to Colonial times aboard a horse-drawn carriage and discover more than 300 years of history on this guided, 1-hour tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches and gardens of yesteryear on this narrated tour around historic Charleston. Enjoy the romantic clip-clop sound as this educational adventure winds through the streets and learn about this ‘Holy City’ and its rich history and role in Civil War times. See the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of the most historic buildings in America, and much more.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission

Charleston City Walking Tour with Edmondston-Alston House Admission

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This Charleston walking tour not only takes you to top sights around downtown Charleston such as the Battery and South of Broad Street, but also includes access to the Edmondston-Alston House, a gorgeous 19th century home with unobstructed views of the Charleston Harbor. After learning about Charleston history on a guided walking tour, visit the house for a peek inside the lives of Charleston’s elite class—and an unforgettable view.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$50.00
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Pirates of Charleston Walking Tour

Pirates of Charleston Walking Tour

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History tells us early Charlestonians had a healthy relationship with the Pirates. This is a lie. Early Charlestonians didn't have a healthy relationship with the pirates! Early Charlestonians were the Pirates! This is an exploration of Charleston and a discussion and discovery of piracy's impact on the birth of the city and our nation. We start our history trip at Oyster Point and make our way through the old fortress into the heart of the city marketplace. Along the way, we will walk the streets and alleys that the Pirates of America roamed. We'll hear the story of the greatest American Pirate no-one has ever heard of and the women who show up in history manning the helms of pirate fleets. Along with them, we'll hear the story of the Pirate who's actions had a direct impact on the birth of America. Together, they are the early Charlestonian pirates, and here is where they gave birth to America.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$29.49
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Historic Colonial Charles Towne Evening Carriage Tour

Historic Colonial Charles Towne Evening Carriage Tour

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Discover Charleston's colonial roots on this evening carriage tour within the city of Charles Towne's original boundaries. Travel with a horse and buggy, just as the colonists did, on an evening tour that spares you from the midday heat as you learn about Charleston history between 1680-1770, including a visit to the oldest building in Charleston, the Four Corners of Law, Waterfront Park, and more.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Private Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

Private Historic Carriage Tour of Charleston

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Travel back to Colonial times aboard a horse-drawn carriage and discover more than 300 years of history on this private, 1-hour tour of Charleston. See the many mansions, churches and gardens of yesteryear on this narrated tour around historic Charleston. Enjoy the romantic clip-clop sound as this educational adventure winds through the streets and learn about this ‘Holy City’ and its rich history and role in Civil War times. See the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, one of the most historic buildings in America, and much more. Hotel pickup/drop-off included.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.13
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$205.13
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Charleston Walking Tour: Two Bars, One Graveyard, and a Ghost Story

Charleston Walking Tour: Two Bars, One Graveyard, and a Ghost Story

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It’s a bar crawl, history walk, and paranormal experience with a tarot reading for dessert. Charleston is home of the supernatural, paranormal, and existential: 350 years of graveyards, ghosts, and ghouls in a drinking town with a history problem. Starting at one of Charleston's most notorious watering holes, an upscale dive, we begin our experience at the bar. Listen to ghost stories and tales of Charleston’s darker side while enjoying your favorite beverage. From the bar, we walk to a graveyard. Learn how to see a ghost, and along the way, you may even answer the questions, "Are we alone?," and "Why are we here?" From the graveyard, we walk to another bar. We finish the evening with more history and ghost stories and a tarot reading.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.90
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$35.90
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30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

30 Minute Private Vacation Photography Session with Photographer in Charleston

Don’t settle for low-quality snapshots of your vacation and instead preserve memories of your Charleston vacation with a private photography session. Whether for a family, couple, or individual, a professional can help you craft your dream photography session. Plus, a local photographer knows all the best photography spots and shows you to hidden gems missed by most tourists.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$283.34
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$283.34
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Haunted Charleston Food and Walking Tour

Haunted Charleston Food and Walking Tour

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What could be better than a food tour combined with a ghost tour? Nothing! You will meet your guide in downtown Charleston for exclusive access to our haunted restaurants. We will visit up to 4 haunted restaurants and multiple haunted buildings along a walking route of downtown. At the restaurants, we have set up 1-3 food tastings per location. We will have private areas in dining rooms, bars, haunted basements, and pretty much anywhere we can find to sample food, spirits, and hear ghost stories. We will visit other historic and haunted buildings along the route and tell stories and give your bellies a few minute break from the samples. Our Haunted Food Tour in unlike any other food tour in Charleston. Tours last about 3 hours, cover less than a mile on a walking route, and have plenty of time spent inside haunted restaurants for food and stories.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.18
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Charleston Historical Evening Walking Tour

Charleston Historical Evening Walking Tour

If you want to take a history tour before or after dinner and not have to worry about the heat of the day, our evening tour is the perfect tour for you. This is a tour about Charleston's history it is not a ghost tour. The tour is a little shorter than the daytime tour, but you will get the full tour experience. From Rainbow Row to The Market your tour is fully narrated by a tour guide certified by the City of Charleston
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.00
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$20.00

Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Charming Charleston

Lonely Planet Experiences: Private Walking Tour of Charming Charleston

One of America's oldest cities - and one of its wealthiest preceding the Civil War - a visit to Charleston is a walk through the pages of the country's history books. With nearly four centuries of history, Charleston is jam-packed with stories waiting to be heard. Let yourself be transported into the romanticism of the painted houses and the beautiful waterfront. Enjoy the easy stroll the city - Charleston is a flat city, and perfect for anyone looking to enjoy a day at a leisurely pace.  On your private walking tour, your guide will discuss with you the first few centuries of the city - the way the slave-trade evolved over the years, and the way the system made Charleston the wealthiest city in the South; then hear how the Civil War dismantled and destroyed the city's infrastructure. To walk in Charleston is to grapple with the complexity of its past, while seeing the work it has done and continues to do to make its Southern hospitality inclusive and sincere to all.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$172.00
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$172.00
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Charleston Land & Sea Combo: Historical Sightseeing Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

Charleston Land & Sea Combo: Historical Sightseeing Bus Tour with Harbor Cruise

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On this historical Charleston tour, journey back in time as your guide reveals the beauty and charm of one of America's most historic cities. Learn about the history of Charleston and discover its pivotal role in American history with visits to more than 100 points of interest including Rainbow Row, Colonial Lake, the Old Exchange Building and Whitepoint Gardens. This tour combines a 90 minute Historic City Tour with a 90 minute narrated, non-stop Harbor Tour. The harbor tour may be taken in conjunction with the city tour or you may choose to split them up and take them on separate days.
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  • 3 hours
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$48.00
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$48.00
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Charleston's Private Old South Carriage Evening Tour

Charleston's Private Old South Carriage Evening Tour

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Put a romantic twist on Charleston sightseeing with this private horse and carriage tour of the historic district. Trot through a 15-block area of cobbled streets, passing lovely homes, historic monuments, and more, all while your licensed guide shares stories about Charleston’s fascinating history. Because this tour is just for you and your party of up to four people, you have plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$250.00
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