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Quebec Royal Square (Place-Royale) Tours

Quebec Royal Square (Place-Royale)
The passing of centuries has had little impact on Quebec's Royal Square (Place-Royale), a 17th-century plaza that has been at the center of Quebec City life since Samuel de Champlain founded the city in 1608. The Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the oldest stone church in North America, still stands here, and the Fresque des Québécois mural can be seen nearby.
 
The Basics
With its cobbled surfaces and centuries-old stone-brick buildings, Place-Royale’s film-set good looks make it one of Canada’s most charming squares. Almost all sightseeing tours of Old Quebec, whether done by foot or by bike, include Place-Royale on their itinerary, alongside other historical city landmarks, such Place d’Armes, Chateau Frontenac, and the Plains of Abraham. Hop-on hop-off sightseeing buses also stop near the square.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • As the birthplace of New France, Place-Royale is a must-see for history-buffs.
  • The ground at Place-Royale is cobbled and uneven and is best suited to able-bodied travelers.
  • Allow some time to explore the boutiques dotting the square.
  • Bring a camera as the square makes for a picturesque backdrop.
 
How to Get There
Place-Royale is located in Quebec’s Lower Town (Basse-Ville) and is just a short walk from Quebec City Ferry Terminal. To get there from the Gare du Palais train station, ride the number 1 or 11 buses.
 
When to Get There
Place-Royale is located within Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. From May through October, many tourists descend on this part of the city, often from cruise ships, and the square can get busy. If you want to photograph the square without the crowds, get there early in the day.
 
The Mural
North of the square just off Notre-Dame Street (Rue Notre-Dame) sits the large Fresque des Québécois mural, which covers the entire side of a 5-story building. The mural references the history of Quebec City, with some 30 notable figures included in it, among them former political leaders, artists, and writers.
Address: 27 rue Notre-Dame, Old Lower Town, Quebec City, Canada
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Quebec City Walking Tour

Quebec City Walking Tour

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Explore historic Old Québec City on this walking tour. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions in the Upper and Lower Town districts—like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and many more. Discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.38
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$24.38
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Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour

Private Tour: Quebec City Walking Tour

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Explore historic Québec City on this private guided walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.81
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Combo Historical and Food Tour of the Old Quebec City

Combo Historical and Food Tour of the Old Quebec City

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Quebec City is known for food and history, and this tour gives you an immersion in both worlds. Visit top restaurants and historical sights as you take in the best of Quebec City. Combine a guided walking tour with a stop for an amuse-bouche, charcuterie platter, a flambé dish, farm-to-platter delicacies, and a little something sweet to end the evening.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.04
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$150.04
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Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour

Quebec Lower Town Historical Bike Tour

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Get to know the best of Old Québec City on this guided bike tour. Enjoy a relaxing ride around Old Québec's bike-friendly Lower Town district, learning about its history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage Site, with educational and entertaining commentary from the knowledgeable guide. Visit the popular Place-Royale, the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site, the cobblestone streets of Petit Champlain and more while admiring the city’s natural beauty along the Saint-Charles River. Bike, helmet, water bottle, and snacks are included.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$47.61
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$47.61
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Grand Walking Tour of Quebec City

Quebec City Shore Excursion: Grand Walking Tour of Quebec City

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While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Old Québec City on this walking tour. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions in the Upper and Lower Town districts — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church and many more. Discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day and get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Evening Gourmet Tour 5 Course Dinner - History and Food in Old Quebec City

Evening Gourmet Tour 5 Course Dinner - History and Food in Old Quebec City

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Immerse yourself in French-Canadian history and devour culinary delights on this gourmet food tour of Québec City. Meet your guide in the center of Old Quebec and set out on foot to discover historic sights like Notre-Dame de Quebec Cathedral, Québec City Hall, and Royale Square. Follow your guide to some of the city's top restaurants as you indulge in a 5-course tasting menu that includes organic charcuterie, wine pairings, and a classic flambé prepared right at your table. Group size is limited to 10 for a more personal experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$150.04
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$150.04
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Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

Quebec City Shore Excursion: Private Walking Tour

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While docked at the Port of Québec, explore historic Québec City on this private, guided walking tour. Enjoy personalized attention and discover Québec City's history from 1608 to the present day. Get to know this UNESCO World Heritage site, with educational and entertaining commentary from a professional tour conductor. Visit many of Québec City’s top attractions — like the Fortifications of Québec, Citadelle of Québec, Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church, the Plains of Abraham, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and many more.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$88.51
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$88.51
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Quebec City Guided Sightseeing Cruise

Quebec City Guided Sightseeing Cruise

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Enjoy the view of Québec City and the surrounding countryside from the water on this sightseeing cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River. Set sail from the Cap Diamant to Montmorency Falls, the perfect combination of nature and culture. Take in the stunning view from three distinctive exterior terraces, with commentary from a costumed guide dressed as the French-Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet. See the Québec City skyline and cruise beneath the famous Fairmont Le Château Frontenac hotel. A variety of beverages and snacks are available for purchase on board the boat.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$35.27
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Walking Tour Through Quebec City's History

Walking Tour Through Quebec City's History

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Revisit Quebec’s fascinating history on this tour of Old Quebec City. A guide will meet you in period costume and lead you through 400 years of exciting history as you wander the only walled city in North America. Visit Place Royale, considered the birthplace of French civilization in North America, and see the magnificent Château Frontenac and the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec. A friendly local guide will lead you through the city, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. This small-group tour ensures a more intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$27.24
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$27.24

Private Guided Quebec City Walking Tour

Private Guided Quebec City Walking Tour

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Walk the streets of Old Quebec and marvel in the historic feel of one of the oldest cities in North America. This tour is just for you and your group, and can be customized to your interests and preferences. Choose to visit a few of the most popular sights in Quebec City, or buckle up and see them all.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.16
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$77.16
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Christmas Magic in Old Quebec

Christmas Magic in Old Quebec

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Quebec City sparkles in the winter and comes to life during the festive Christmas season. On this tour you can experience the magic of Old Quebec during the holidays. As it will be cold out, you don’t want to wander aimlessly—your walking tour guide will take you to the best winter spots in the UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. Sample local Christmas produce and learn about the unique traditions of the city.
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  • 2 hours
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$30.27
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Discover Quebec City with a Private Walking Tour by a Local

Discover Quebec City with a Private Walking Tour by a Local

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Explore the charm, history, and culture of Old Quebec City through the eyes of a friendly local who will share all the great spots of this incredible World Heritage Site. Tours are private walking tours that are customized to your preferences, and last between 2 and 4 hours at your request. The tour guides are just regular people living in the city you’re visiting, that way you can learn about the city through their stories. Your guide will meet you at a location of your choosing, be it your hotel or other accommodation, a landmark, or even a metro station inside the Quebec City urban center. Children below 3 years old are free of charge. Children from 3 to 15 get 60% off the regular tour price. If you are unsure of what you would like to see, your guide will suggest different paths which revolve around Château Frontenac, the Fortifications, Plains of Abraham, Place Royale, Quartier Petit Champlain, and many more!
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$39.34
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Private Walking Tour in Old Quebec with Xavier

Private Walking Tour in Old Quebec with Xavier

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Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage site, renowned for its colonial architecture and historic fortifications. On this tour, take in all the highlights on a private custom-made tour and benefit from the undivided attention of your local guide, Xavier. Depending on your preferences, visit landmarks such as Château Frontenac, Parliament Hill, and City Hall; stroll around the atmospheric Petit Champlain quarter, or venture off the tourist trail and learn more about Quebec’s unique heritage.
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  • 3 hours
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$287.26
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$287.26
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Quebec City Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Quebec City Tourist Scavenger Hunt

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Are you planning a visit to Quebec City? Walking the streets of Old Quebec City is a must! Our Tourist Scavenger Hunt takes you from the Chateau Frontenac to the Civilization Museum, up Parliament Hill and every attraction in between them. You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. As well, you will learn a little history and other interesting facts such as the best restaurants along the way. It takes 2-3 hours to complete. Do it whenever you wish - you select your own date and start time, no scheduling or reservation needed. 20+ challenges, games, and enigmas to solve as you walk through this historic neighborhood.
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  • 3 hours
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$35.40
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Old Quebec City Walking Tour + Funicular (Winter/Autumn)

Old Quebec City Walking Tour + Funicular (Winter/Autumn)

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We keep our tours small to keep your experience unique. Our local guides will cater to your specific interests and show you a different side of Québec City while covering all essential landmarks.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.54
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$39.54
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Private Guided Tour: Walkthrough the Old Quebec City (permit owner)

Private Guided Tour: Walkthrough the Old Quebec City (permit owner)

The best way to discover Quebec City is by foot. You'll get access to cobblestone streets an hidden passages, and enjoy some breakthrough sight views on the city and its surrounding. During this tour, I'll point you to noteworthy venues and restaurants that you might want to spend some time. We'll have the opportunity to take the glass funicular to appreciate the historic landscapes like the stunning views on the St Lawrence river. Along this mostly stop and go walk, you will get to discover the cradle of the French culture in North America, including some key French, English and Canadian architectural gems. With my eyes as born and raised Quebecer, I will happily share anecdotes with humour to convey how the city was built and how it evolved through the last four centuries. Last but not least, you will also get to know what Quebecers did to protect the French culture, including the French language.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$188.82
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Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour

Historical Tasting Old Quebec Walking Tour

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Immerse yourself in Quebec City, and sample its local flavors on this small-group walking tour of Old Quebec. Learn about the city’s history as you walk along the streets with your seasoned guide, discovering hidden treasures and three tasting stops. Round out your tour with a ride on the funicular for picturesque views.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$55.48
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Private Tour of Quebec City

Private Tour of Quebec City

Experience Old-Quebec at its best along with your licensed guide in period costume during a private walking tour. Get a glimpse of everything this jewel of World Heritage has to offer, as your guide will customize the tour to fit your particular needs and interests. The tour can include the Old-Quebec district and Petit-Champlain borough, as well as the Parliament hill and National Battlefields (Plains of Abraham)
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$157.35
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$157.35
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Private Walking Tour for American Visitors - 1776 Canada's Road to Independence

Private Walking Tour for American Visitors - 1776 Canada's Road to Independence

Best must-do experience for Americans visiting Quebec City; In-depth and fun historical overview you can relate to; Exclusive access to a private lounge for breaks / snacks; Convenient meeting point: your hotel in Old Quebec. Many Americans do not know to what a great extent American and Canadian history are intertwined, and thus our tour focuses on the ties that link these two countries. Do you know the link between French-speaking Canada and YOUR part of the continent? There is no better place to study these connections than in beautiful Quebec City. Our tour examines how early French settlers, the French & Indian War, the Boston Tea Party, the American Revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812 and the American Civil War shaped Quebec and Canada. During this 3-hour walking tour, we will explore sites in both the Upper Town and Lower Town, sites that highlight the significant role played by Quebec City in the history of North America and in the creation of modern Canada.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$177.02
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$177.02
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Christmas Gourmet Tour - The Ephemeral 5 Course Experience

Christmas Gourmet Tour - The Ephemeral 5 Course Experience

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This Ephemeral Experience of our popular Evening Gourmet Tour let you enjoy a French Canadian culinary adventure! You will be accompanied by a knowledgeable licensed guide, dining around in Old Quebec's best restaurants to savor the must-haves, exploring the city's beauty under the streetlights, enjoying some insiders' untold stories.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$151.75
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$151.75
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Private Walking Tour of Quebec with licensed tour guide

Private Walking Tour of Quebec with licensed tour guide

Make the best of your visit to Quebec and explore the city most emblematic sites with a local expert. Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the wonderful city of Quebec holds. Alongside one of our professional tour guides, you will learn the history and stories of Quebec during a 2,5 hour guided walking tour. You will visit the main sites of Quebec, including a beautiful panoramic view from Dufferin Terrase and covering the old town of Quebec. Final itinerary is adjustable to your personal interests
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$121.71
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$121.71
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Private 3-hour City Tour of Quebec with driver and guide - Hotel pick up

Private 3-hour City Tour of Quebec with driver and guide - Hotel pick up

Make the best of your visit to Quebec and explore the city most emblematic sites with a local expert and a professional driver. Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the wonderful city of Quebec holds. Alongside one of our professional tour guides and a private driver, you will learn the history and stories of Quebec during a 3 hour guided city tour. You will visit the main sites of Quebec, including a beautiful panoramic view from Dufferin Terrase, the famous Plains of Abraham and the old town of Quebec. You will combine walking with sightseeing from the vehicle. Final itinerary is adjustable to your personal interests
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$352.96
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$352.96
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Guided Historic City Tour of Quebec

Guided Historic City Tour of Quebec

This tour is the best way to see Quebec's history and amazing sights. From the most photographed hotel in the world to Place Royale this tour offers some great photo stops along the way. If on a cruise this tour is a must and the most popular for all major cruise ships.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$78.71
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