The Island of Capri Italy

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The Island of Capri, Italy

Isle of Capri, Pearl of the Gulf of Naples, one of the most beautiful islands in Italy and the world. Today a point of reference for many people, including artists, actors, musicians, singers and great personalities; arriving in Capri for relaxing days, shopping and to visit the world's most famous "La Piazzetta" to enjoy a good cappuccino or espresso while looking out towards the ocean.

The Island of Capri is generous for seekers of emotions, but Capri loves to unfold herself without haste. She will always win in the end. Capri the seductress of emotions. The Island of Capri will let you go on your way and give you the desire to return, to seek new emotions and discoveries.

The Isle of Capri will charm you with its unforgetable beauty. From the famous Marina Piccola (with its historical Faraglioni Rocks), to the Grotta Azzurra, Natural Arch, Villa Damencuta, Villa Jovis , Villa Fersen, the lighthouse of Punta Carena and many other beautiful places. Capri has made many thousands of people fall in love and has nearly 15,000 landings per day, during the summer period, from all regions of the world.

It would be difficult for me to list every site to see in Capri. However, here are my personal favorites. But feel free to explore any other place Capri has to offer while visiting.

.La Piazzetta

And behold La Piazzetta, also known as the "salotto di Capri". La Piazzetta is the heart of the city of Capri and can be easily reached from other places on the island: Anacapri and Marina Piccola.

The terrace is almost entirely occupied with tables and chairs from the cafe, close between the Town Hall, the clock tower and the stairs leading to the Church of Santo Stefano, and is a meeting point for Islanders and visitors alike. The architectural design of the square incorporates the remains of Greek and Roman walls. Nearby the terrace of the funicular and the bell tower, the Skyway between the Gran Cafè and the Church in the 18th century served as a liaison between the Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace.


.Grotta Azzurra

The most important natural beauty of this island is the Grotta Azzurra. Named in the 17th century, it then became famous in 1826 after German painters Ernest Augustus and Kopisch Fries explored the area together with the Caprese hotelier Giuseppe Pagano. Since then, the Grotta Azzurra has been a favorite tourist attraction.

The blue colouring of the cave is made possible by the fact that daylight enters through an underwater channel that opens just below the entry gate, undergoing a filtration of water, which absorbs and releases a red-blue color spectrum. A second phenomenon determines the silver reflections caused by air bubbles adhering to the outer surface, which in turn allows the light to shine out.

The entrance to the Grotta Azzurra is a small gap in a rock, about two metres in width and height. For this reason, you must lay down on the boat in order to enter.

It is thought that the inside of the Grotta Azzurra, at the time of Tiberius, was used as a hiding place. There were also those who imagined it was the place where mermaids lived and even those who believed it was the devil's Kingdom, and dare not enter.

Once inside, after a few minutes of visual adaptation, leaves you enchanted with the vastness of colors that the sea, and the sun reflect through the entrance and opening below. It is an experience not to be missed.

The Island of Capri, Marina Piccola

Fifteen minutes from the Piazzetta, on the southern side of the island of Capri, is the Bay of Marina Piccola. Reachable by bus, taxi, and some walking, along via mulo. Once you arrive, you will find yourself in a small square; descending a few steps down you will get to the church of S.Andrea, built in 1900. Continue going downwards and you will reach the famous scoglio di serene "meaning the place of sirens" that divides into two bays, to the left is Marina Di Pennauro and to the right is Marina Di Mulo. The beach of Marina Piccola is very fashionable. You will find many shops and snack bars. There is a small pier called Delle Sirene where boats arrive in the summer shuttling between Marina Piccola and Faraglioni. It is very beautiful and with its own certain charm.

.Marina Grande Harbour

Here you will find colorful houses and the largest beach of the island. This public beach, called Marina Grande, is the largest on the island of Capri. In the summer, you may board a motorboat which leads to the Palazzo a Mare. Going to the left, you'll find Piazza Vittoria and a railway station, taxi, pharmacy, newpaper stands, various bars, restaurants and shops. Proceeding to via Cristoforo Colombo, you reach the harbour on the island of Capri .

.The Lighthouse of Punta Carena

This lighthouse lies at the southwestern end of the island of Capri on the peninsula Limmo. The name comes from the latin word limen and "means on the border."

The lighthouse is an octagonal tower built about a century and a half ago (in 1866). It is considered among the most important of the Tyrrhenian sea and the second brightest in Italy.

On the beach to the lighthouse, in Punta Carena, the sun sets over the sea and there are several bathing structures, arranged on comfortable terraces, made of iron tubing to allow the water to descend. It is a fashionable location, ideal for enjoying a day at the beach, or to enjoy a snack in one of its splendid cafes. It is also perfect for a late candlelight dinner by the sea, because the locals remain open until late and quite often you'll happen upon evening events taking place there.

.The Faraglioni Rocks

Fascinating giants in the sea. Three unique cliffs that formed from landslides over the millenia ,erosion, along with atmospheric conditions formed an image that is breathtaking to say the least. They have three unique names: the first is called stella, a.k.a. "star" for English; the second, which is separate from the others, is called Faraglione di mezzo which means "the middle"; and the third is Faraglione di Fuori, meaning "the one in command who looks out onto the sea." With an average height of 100 metres the Fagaglione di Mezzo has an open, underneath passage, known all over the world for its unique complexity.

The Romans kept this area of the island of Capri a secret. With ancient villas and splendid beauty, the twentieth century has redefined this area with modern villas and exclusive hotels.


Here Are Other Areas You may Want To Consider Exploring While Visiting The Beautiful Isle Of Capri.

.Villa San Michele-Axel Munthe

.Villa Dameecuta

.Punta Carena e Faro

.Island Tour

.Gardens of Augustus

.Mount Solaro and Cetrella

.Villa Jovis and Mount Tiberio

.Arco Naturale and Pizzolungo

.The Amalfi Coast

The Island of Capri is a place of enchantment, where time stops, and you begin to feel emotions you never felt before.

Enjoy!

© 2011 Andrea James Di Rodi

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

Such beautiful photos. Looks like a great place to vacation. Thanks for sharing this wonderful article about the island of Capri.


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

I'm glad you enjoyed it FaithDream.Capri is a wonderful place.


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

very informative and i loved the beautiful photos!! i feel like planning a holiday soon to island Capri!


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Alternative Prime 5 years ago from > California

Well done Jangaplanet,

You've really captured the essence of Capri located just off the magnificent shores of what many consider the most romantic and stunningly beautiful country in the world....Italy....(Italia)


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Huntgoddess 5 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

Wow, great photos. I never knew anything about the island of Capri. I just heard the name --- "Isle of Capri" --- which is also kind of cool, actually.

Thanks.


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FeliciaM 5 years ago from Canada

OMG!!! The photos are amazing...and I loved

the rest of your hub too! I would love to visit there. I heard about Grotta Azzurra but never knew exactly what it was. Thanks for sharing


classyromy 5 years ago

Enjoyed this article as it was very informative and the photographs are lovely! Wish I could snap my fingers and be in that grotto right now!! Thanks for the great information.


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thank you all for the comments, Glad you enjoyed reading .


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Thanks for the "virtual" tip. I can just see myself cave exploring at Grotta Azzurra, and then sunning on the beach at Marina grande Harbour, followed by sipping wine at a caffe on La Piazzeta!


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Coffee With Carla 5 years ago

This has been a place I have researched for some time and would love to go. If you dream it I believe it can happen. Once day maybe for my 50th! Great hub! Thanks.


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thank you Coffee With Carla. Hope you get to go soon.

Truckstop Sally thanks for the comment also- and yes don't forget to visit La piazzeta!


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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Oh yes -- drinking wine at La piazzeta before a candlelit dinner at Punta Carena. I can dream - huh?


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Janesmith563 5 years ago from California

Love reading ur writeup...it is filled with emotion and I love it..How did you get that great ideas that come out from your head??? Amazing Jang!!!A romantic artist I may say...


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks Janesmith563 , appreciate the comment.


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Angela_1973 5 years ago

Thank you for reminding me about my visit to Italy, I have not been to this place yet, love the idea of having a good cappucino while looking at the ocean.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello - Truckstop Sally sent me here, and I am glad she did. This is well done and took me back to days in Italy. Voted Up.


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Fez360 5 years ago

I love to travel around the world. But i honestly never knew that such a magnificent place existed. You writing is beautiful too it makes me want to travel there. :)


andie1000 5 years ago

absolutely amazing :)


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ofeliaw 5 years ago

Very informative hub, that will be my next vacation trip


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SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

Wow, I want to go there.


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buythebook 5 years ago

I'm glad people like you write! you're the most beautiful sincere honest writer i'v ever had the pleasure of knowing. Such beautiful words so well expressed. Just amazing Jang! I wish i can write as well as you! :) Maybe you can teach me!


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Taniatravels 5 years ago

Its such an honor to be here reading your hubs. This one in particular. I'm also kind of nervous at the same time because of you being so known by everyone and also because of who you are :) So here goes: i love your writes and how you express yourself,theres such a deep expression to you when you write and can sense your passion. I came here joining hub because a friend told me all about you and your honest heart. Its an honor Janga to be your fan.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Another brilliant hub.

Thank you for sharing.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks for comment buythebook! Its been awhile since iv'e written something, been having problems with my PC and lost most of the work that i saved before posting it on hubpages.

I'm hoping to keep writing soon. :)


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks again Eiddwen:)


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

That's very kind of you to say! Taniatravels ,Thank you!

I am humbled by your confidence in me and grateful and appreciate your kind words. God bless..


Bianca France 5 years ago

You age like wine... You just keep getting better lol.

Happy Birthday!


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Taniatravels 5 years ago

Lot's of people are thinking of you on your birthday; I just wanted to let you know I'm one of them.

Happy Birthday!:)


Manuella 5 years ago

Happy Happy B-day!I hope that your birthday is as wonderful as you are!


Californiagirl 5 years ago

Happy birthday!

You're not getting older, just more distinguished :)

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!


Maggie 5 years ago

Also enjoyed reading this piece on Capri. The amalfi coast would be something to consider someday! Splendid Pics!

Enjoy Italy! You're a lucky man and Sicily must be magnificent . Hope you write about it when your holidays are over.

Happy holidays!:)


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Hey thanks Maggie! Capri Naples is great.Thanks for reading.

It will be my second time in Sicily and will be there a few days and the remaining in Rome. This is the time of year I always look forward too. Thanks!


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happyexplorer 5 years ago from Mostly USA, sometimes elsewhere

Capri is simply amazing! Good job for creating such a terrific hub!


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Fortaleza 5 years ago from Fortaleza, Brasil

I'm so intrigued by your writing style!! Italia is so facinating and the most beautiful Country in the world in my opinion.

I can feel your passion by your writing!

Thanks!:)


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks Fortaleza for stopping by to read and your kind words.

Appreciate it.


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ArgentinaDanila 5 years ago

Thanks, I enjoyed the memories!!! What a great place....wish I? were still there. These photographs are beautiful. I also visited the volcano of Mount Vesuvius which is also breath taking.

Thanks jangaplanet :)


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thank you Danila and welcome to hubpages! Mount Vesuvius? Lucky you! That's one place I haven't been to yet! Although I do have a volcano Rock that my grandfather found on Mount Vesuvius long ago. It has an awkward shape and beautiful colors.

Thanks again!


Paty Carvalho 5 years ago

Your writing is absolutely stunning. It's beautiful and definitely something to remember. You have amazing writing skill. Capri is a place I would surely visit after reading this!

Paty Carvalho


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Why thank you very much Paty, you are far too kind. I cannot thank you enough for your kind comment.


Stellablu 5 years ago

La piazetta sounds so romantic! And marina Grande is beautiful! Italy is amazing with such splendid places everywhere you look. And of course the men!!:)

Thanks.


blog8withJ 5 years ago

You seemed like the Ambassador of Tourism describing the place. I would love to go there one day if given the chance. Who knows? Great hub.


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks! I hope you do get to visit Capri, and Im sure you will get the chance to do so someday. Thanks blog8withJ for stopping by, appreciate it. :)


jami l. pereira 5 years ago

Very beautiful , i voted up all the way across the board ! have a wonderful evening:)


mikeq107 5 years ago

Great hub thank you..was just writing a new chapter in my book about a couple who meet in Italy but now I think I will have them honeymoon in Capri!!!!

Thanks Mate Loved it...video a major plus!!!

Mike :0)


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Jami thank you for that kind comment.:)

Mikeq107, I am so humbled you will use ' The Island of Capri' for your new chapter on the book you are writing. Did the pics and video of Capri really affect you that much? Thank you so much for your kind comment. And I would love to read your book, once it is completed. Thanks again!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Voted UP, USEFUL and INTERESTING.

A lovely hub dealing with a part of possibly the most beautiful countries in the world. There might be others that are as beautiful, but I have yet to hear of them.

And the people also... what lovely people.

Thank you for this hub, I have never been south of Rome, but I am thinking...


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Twilight Lawns, thank you for coming by and for the vote .

There are many beautiful Countries in the world. I do wish you get to Explore the Metropolis of Rome if ever you get the chance or decide to visit. Thank you for that kind comment, I appreciate it.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

I have been to Rome a couple of times and loved it. The people were amazingly kind. And Florence and Venice, of course... and and and

But I had friends in Biella, which is near Torino and Pollone, a village within greater Biella. i even wrote a hub about it, I loved it so much.


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

That's a nice place, and although I have never been to Biella yet, I do however have friends In Torino.

Thanks for commenting!


Sophie 5 years ago

Omg? Cool thanks! Beautiful Island in the Mediterranian sea. Just amazing! What colors!


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Jangaplanet 5 years ago Author

Thanks Sophie! The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra) is one of several sea caves, worldwide, that is flooded with a brilliant blue or emerald light.


Jessica 4 years ago

Romance seems to waft through the air in Capri. My husband and I stayed in Villa Dameecuta last July for one week and we simply adored it. It was just a five minute walk away from the historic center of Anacapri. I would love to have a summer home there some day. The Blue Grotto has been a dream of mine since the age of 18 and it came true and was as wonderful as I expected. Captivating.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

A fantasticly detailed guide to a beautiful place. I liked the video slideshow too, as it helped to show off what you were describing. In Asia there are many beautiful islands too, there just seems to be something enchanting about a sunny island and a blue see!

SOCIALLY SHARED and voted.

P.S. Pleased to hear that sharing has worked for you too. Don't worry, you are not the only one playing catch up ... I've been 'catching up' for 3 weeks now! lol ... but, what a great 'problem' to have :-).


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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

Wow! Beautiful photos! The name of the place itself is new to me. I enjoyed the hub:)

Voting up and sharing.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi Brett, thank you. I absolutely agree. I simply love the sea!

I am definitely trying to catch up on reading as well. Thanks again for the very kind comment.


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi thumbi7,

Thanks for the kind comment. Capri is a very beautiful island off the Sorrentine Peninsula on the south side of the Gulf of Naples in the Campania region of Italy.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing, I appreciate it.


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baygirl33 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

Lovely!

I shall bookmark for going there.

Good luck!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Thanks baygirl33! Glad you enjoyed reading about Capri, a beautiful island off the far end of the Sorrentine peninsula!

Thanks again!


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MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

amazing place!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hi MargaritaEden, thanks. Capri really is an Exceptional place.


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KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

A quick tour to a splendid island of Italy. So amazing, wish I could visit there one day! Voted up and beautiful!


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Jangaplanet 4 years ago Author

Hey thanks KenWu! Capri is beautiful, I agree! Southern Italy is splendid! I hope you do get to visit this amazing place, soon! And when you do, I recommend, The Blue Grotto (Grotta Azzurra), and the ruins of the Imperial Roman villas! a must see! Thanks again for stopping by, I appreciate it!


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Escobana 3 years ago from Valencia

Reading your excellent Hub makes me want to GO to Capri NOW! It really looks like a beautiful place to visit and I've always wanted see more islands 'close to home'.

From Valencia to Capri must be easy but I'm going to discover Sicily first! Just booked my ticket today for a long weekend in Trapani in April.

Capri will be next on my list! Especially after reading your wonderful Hub:-)

Up, shared, liked and awesome!


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

I would love to visit the island of Capri someday. such beautiful scenery. Thanks for the tour. I will bookmark this. You did a fantastic job writing this hub.


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rb101182 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

I'm going here in July! Thanks for the travel tips!


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Jangaplanet 3 years ago Author

Hi, lovedoctor. Capri, think of the actress Gracie Fields, celebrities and one gorgeous island! Everyone should take a trip there and experience this beautiful Island- at least once in their lifetime. You will have so much fun roaming around Capri. There are so many interesting shops and cafes. Do not forget to visit the Blue Grotto!

Thank you so much for your kind comment, much appreciated :)


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Jangaplanet 3 years ago Author

Hi Escobana. Sicily may be as close as one can get to a true Italian experience! Seductive Sicily! The summer in that part of Italy is hot. You are so lucky to be so close to all these beautiful Islands! You know, Trapani, is considered one of the most romantic places in the Mediterranean.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing , always good to see you. Much appreciated :)


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Escobana 3 years ago from Valencia

Seductive Sicily right? Oh my...I can't wait to go! I heard weather is great around that time. Not too hot, not too cold.

I'll be going to Trapani first, then of to Palermo and I want to drive around the island as this is the perfect way to see the island for real. I'll be staying for a long weekend so I'm sure I need to go back again.

Always a pleasure to stop by on your Hubs Jangaplanet!

Warm wishes from Valencia, Spain 01.26 am (I was out of bed for a second. Now going back again, dreaming of Trapani and romance:-)


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Jangaplanet 3 years ago Author

How awesome rb101182! So glad to hear you are taking a holiday there! I can't wait to visit the Island again! There are cities and places on this beautiful planet or ours that I hold dear to my heart. Places I have promised myself to visit at least once.. or more than one time. And Capri - I have vowed to see again. It is definitely a place that provides a beautiful backdrop for romance or adventure!

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