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Chapel on the rock.

Chapel on the rock.
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Copyright: Danos kounenis (danos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13692 W: 295 N: 27272] (109507)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-12
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 5 D, Canon Zoom EF 24-105mm 1:4mm L IS USM, HOYA Pro1 Digital 77mm MC UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/90 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Andros island
Date Submitted: 2011-06-17 9:14
Viewed: 5622
Points: 168
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
During a sort stroll in the narrow alleys of Andros capital Xora,i saw and this characteristic chapel that is found on the rock,near the sea.
Have a good weekend.


The island in ancient times contained an Ionian population, perhaps with an admixture of Thracian blood. Though originally dependent on Eretria, by the 7th century BC it had become sufficiently prosperous to send out several colonies, to Chalcidice (Acanthus, Stageira, Argilus, Sane). The ruins of Palaeopolis, the ancient capital, are on the west coast; the town possessed a famous temple, dedicated to Dionysus. In 480 BC, it supplied ships to Xerxes and was subsequently harried by the Greek fleet. Though enrolled in the Delian League it remained disaffected towards Athens, and in 477 had to be coerced by the establishment of a cleruchy on the island nevertheless, in 411 Andros proclaimed its freedom, and in 408 withstood an Athenian attack. As a member of the second Delian League it was again controlled by a garrison and an archon. In the Hellenistic period, Andros was contended for as a frontier-post by the two naval powers of the Aegean Sea, Macedon and Ptolemaic Egypt. In 333, it received a Macedonian garrison from Antipater in 308 it was freed by Ptolemy I of Egypt. In the Chremonidean War (266-263) it passed again to Macedon after a battle fought off its shores. In 200, it was captured by a combined Roman, Pergamene and Rhodian fleet, and remained a possession of Kingdom of Pergamon until the dissolution of that kingdom in 133 BC. Before falling under Turkish rule, Andros was from AD 1207 till 1566 governed by the families Zeno and Sommariva under Venetian protection. After a few centuries, Cyclades joined the rest of Greece in 1821.

On May 10, 1821, Theophilos Kairis, one of the leading intellectuals of the Greek Revolution, declared the War of Independence by raising the Greek flag at the picturesque cliffside church of St George: at this time, a famous heartfelt speech, or "rhetoras", inspired shipowners and merchants to contribute funds to build a Greek Navy to combat the Ottomans.

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 664 W: 0 N: 1616] (9637)
  • [2011-06-17 9:18]

very very nice little whithe church
great image from grecee
i love the white and blu colors

ciao Danos,
il trattamento in PP rende particolare l'immgine arricchendo la composizione.
POV dal basso con l'inquadratura che sale verso la cappella.
Buona la resa dei colori,

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  • bema Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2761 W: 28 N: 3941] (26437)
  • [2011-06-17 9:31]

Geia sou Danos,

impressive pov to show us this unique chapel captured on very special place like so manxy churches in ggreece mainland an islands..

have a nice weekend, kalo vrady Bernd

nice White Church with good vertical framing with nice chosen POV....nice architectural shot with gd textures...
Wonderful atmosphere, beautiful exposoure controlled with excellent light management and nice colour tones,sharpness...good shot...


26 steps I counted when climbing the the Chaple, Danos.
Light-brown tone dominating the nice scene, probably due to clouds overcast.
Nice details, clear view.

Hi dear Danos,
I like those "tiny" chapela built on rocks and hill tops at seasides, mainly for the use of sailors. This one is also a typical sample for this künd of usage.
Very good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards

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  • dip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3341 W: 0 N: 2971] (23892)
  • [2011-06-17 13:07]

Geia Dano,
san ergo texnis fantazei to ekklisaki pano sto vraxo,
polu oraia i fotografia sou me kalo kadrarisma kai oraio fotismo,
kalo vradu,

Ola Danos ,
Beleza esta pequena capela no alto desta rocha , as paredes em pedra me fez lembrar o norte de Portugal , bom uso da foto na vertical , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Bom fim de semana

Hi Danos, What a fantastic church, you have captured it with finesse,super colour's, love the step's whant to just run up them, TFS Cheers Iain.

Hi Danos,
POV scelto molto bene per mostrarci questa piccola cappella.
Bello l'inserimento della scalinata in FG, dando profondità alla scena e una nota di grafismo.


Hello Danos,
this composition is a masterpiece.It looks so magical and poetic.Really excellent example of the beauty of Greek architecture.The small chapel is located so charming on the top of the rock formation.The POV you´ve chosen is excellent as well as the quality of the image.Well done!
Have a nice weekend

Sempre più difficile .
Sembra un "impegno" costruire nei luoghi "impossibili"
Una galleria stupenda

Hi Danos,

The staircase is sending my eyes toward the door which is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the chapel. There is a good contrast netween the colors of the door and the colors of the walls. Have a nice day.


Hello Danos,
this image of beautiful architecture is a very well taken. Wonderful architecture of this chuch.
Colors, clarity and sharpness are excellent.
Fantastic composition and framing, a very pleasant to look at. Perfectly well done. Beautiful picture. My congrats.
All the best,

Dobar dan.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu sa podacima o kapeli ...
Dobra ostrnina snimka i kontrast koji ste istakli detalje na arhitekturi, lepe boje i fotografija.
Dobar ugao snimka i kompozicija.
Prijatan dan i dobar vikend.


Good day.
Very interesting and good article on the site with information on the chapel ...
Ostrnina good clip, and contrast that you pointed out the architectural details, beautiful colors and images.
Good angle shot and composition.
Have a nice day and good weekend.

Hi Danos. you'll discover places to visit again and again. Here it is the little church on the rock. A truly magnificent sight. Well realized. Rgds, Wolfgang.

Δάνο καλημέρα,
μοναδικό το εκκλησάκι επάνω στον βράχο,με τις σκάλες να δημιουργούν προοπτική και βάθος στην φωτογραφία.Μου αρέσει η γωνία λήψης και το ότι σχεδόν όλο το εκκλησάκι προβάλλει στον ουρανό.


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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2011-06-18 0:06]

Καλημέρα Δάνο!
Επαινώ για την σύλληψή σου σε POV, σαφήνεια χρώματα και επιλογή! Απογειώνει! το κοίταγμα πρός τα πάνω την σκηνή! Ευχάριστη σημείωση,
Ευχές για μία καλή ημέρα!

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2011-06-18 0:07]

Kalimera Danos,
unusual place for chapel. Good shot and presentation. An interesting history. Photo well done.
Have a nice day.

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2011-06-18 1:47]

Hello Danos,

You're capturing well this small and lovely chapel bu a good composition and excellent tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see the chapel with white wall, blue door and ewd roof and it's standing on the rock. It's really one of architecture typical greek style. The stairs that run to chapel draws out a additional good effect, I think.


Ciao Danos,
image of great value, wonderful colors and excellent post production work, congratulations.

Hello Danos,

Thank you for your very generous review.
In a decisive framing of this small chapel, I feel your presence. The stair begins right at the lower right-hand corner leads us ever so naturally up to the the blue main entrance of this chapel. The diagonal lines of this stirs are so strong that as if this white stair alone is connecting the sky and the ground. The ground being the foundation of the chapel a part in the natural rocks and and other parts constructed by man. And the white chapel with its terracotta roof tiles seem to belong to the sky, the color of the sky in the background confirms my observation. So, overall, this tightly cropped particular framing also suggest that the main focus of this photo seem to be a vertical relationship of the sky and the earth. Given these circumstances, the framing of this photo must be vertical. You have all very carefully thought out the overall composition. The photo has a very strong message. It is a very impressive display of your capacity to compose a simple subject and at the same time, suggest a larger topic to go with the image.

With my at most compliments,
Very best regards,

Hello Danos,
Nice White Church with good vertical framing.Wonderful atmosphere, beautiful exposoure controlled with excellent light management.

Όμορφη και καλή τοποθεσία, αυτό το μικρό εκκλησάκι. Αυτοί είναι η μεγάλη σκάλα που οδηγεί σε αυτό. όμορφα χρώματα σε ένα ελαφρύ σέπια.
Δικός σου.

Ciao dear Danos,
a pleasant and interesting image that shows the beautiful architecture of this small church near the sea. I especially like how you've composed the photo, with the staircase in the FG, which ideally leads the eye toward the door of the church. Excellent work, bravo!
Ciao, have a nice Sunday!

- Very nice composition Danos, excellent low PoV and perspective, sweet ambience (thanks the filter) beautiful light, well done!
Have a nice weekend.

Hi Danos,
The impressive walls along the stairway form very strong diagonals in this picture. The red roof and the blue door enhance the whole view. Sharpness is excellent and the note very interesting.
Kind regards

Hello Danos,

An another excellent presentation with a POV well selected. The verry graphic scale lern the glance to the charmain chapel well ocatd at the top of the rocks.
Best regards,

Boa tarde Danos

A perfect place to pray. Nice chapel and an excellent capture. sharpness and pov are perfects.

Ciao Danos, great POV on lovely composition with nice boats, beautiful light and colors, good work in PP, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Danos,
Beautiful postcard, interesting lines and textures. It looks somehow irreal. Good work, have a nice evening.

Hi dear Danos,
what a wonderful painting with great details and colours..very nice and fairytale atmosphere with little chapel and textures..like a fantastic photo.very good presentation..TFS


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9585 W: 157 N: 15497] (123989)
  • [2011-06-18 13:53]

Witaj Danos!
A very curious chapel.
Good vertical frame and composition.
I like colors and light.
Well done.
Nice sunday

Hi Danos,
very charming little chapel. The composition with the stairs make it much more interesting indeed. I like the extraordinary light and atmosphere. Great processing.
Very well done,

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  • JCG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5328 W: 737 N: 9440] (35153)
  • [2011-06-19 1:53]

Hello Danos,

The surroundings of this charming little chapel are well maintained, but access is restricted to able-bodied, unless there have another one entry !!! A beautiful and interesting picture of this religious building, I love the image processing which brings a special atmosphere to the image. Danos thank you for the informative note.

With all my friendships and a great Sunday,


Hi Danos,

Wow, amazing view that allows us to see the chapel located better, joining with the rocks. I like your play of light and colors and superb contrast you get. A very curious and interesting picture and also your note!

Best Regards

Hi Danos,
Beautiful chapel nicely presented and composed,
Excellent point of view and details.
nice note of the sujet ,
very well done.

Hi Danos,
the strong contrast, the textures of the elements and the magnificent colors, they make us think about a HDR, because of the great graphical power that offers us your photo.
I like the slight low-angle shot, that heightens the beauty of the simple architecture of this white chapel, on an impressive sky, and the perspective of the stairs.
The composition is very elegant and attractive.
Well done, my friend.
Best regards,

namaste Danos,
a very good composition here. Love the chapel at height. Like the used Low POV a lot. Great light / depth and colours. An excellent one. Tfs.
Best wishes.

Hello Danos,
I like the fine lead-in by the stairs!
A very effective point of view results in an attractive composition, where the clouds make a great background for the chapel...

Hi,I can only envy you for the splendid place you live in.Your pictures show that you are fully aware of it.The only thing to complain about would be the concrete slap on the lower left.For art's sake take it out for honesty leave it in.Best wishes Wolf.

Hello Danos.
Impressive use of the rock to build the chapel on her, they earn a nice perspective and a greater emphasis.
A very attractive composition with a great range of colors and high image quality for displaying the textures of the rocks appear to have relief.
I wish you a good start to the week.
Best regards.

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  • Mari63 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 337 W: 2 N: 508] (4173)
  • [2011-06-19 15:52]

Ciao Danos, è stupenda!
Efficace la ripresa dal basso che dà l'idea di profondità. Ottimi i contrasti cromatici è un hdr?
Se così fosse è ben riuscito. I miei complimenti anche per la nota. Ciao Mari

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  • ymrk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1442 W: 145 N: 1953] (15085)
  • [2011-06-20 1:52]

a different architecture of our life..great management and perspective Danos...congratulations!


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  • Nard Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 384 W: 5 N: 971] (6972)
  • [2011-06-20 11:27]

Hi Danos,
Nice capture with excellent light and sharpness. I like how the white and blue chapel stands out the cloudy sky and the POV you have choosen.

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2689 W: 0 N: 3017] (20596)
  • [2011-06-20 12:12]

Geia sou Danos
The chapel appears in full flory, so perched on top of stairway by the sea, and I imagine the sound of the hung bell tinkling randomly by stormy weather at night for manifesting the presence of this introspection building!
Se xereto.

Hello Danos,

beautiful chapel, its location is impressive, good perspective with the stairs in the front, I like the composition, well done,

Best regards,


Bonjour Danos,

Le regard suit naturellement le petit sentier dans l'image ce qui lui donne une belle profondeur. La contre plongée donne une belle ampleur à la petite chapelle qui ressort très bien sur fond de ciel gris.



HI Danos
What a charming Greek church.Ver well positioned in the frame and a very informative note.Well done!!
Kind Regards Gladys

I like your composition, using the stars to create a diagonal leading the eye into the shot. The vertical format is perfect emphasizing the height of the scene. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness.

Hello Danos,

The very nice/great point of view makes the building higher and the stairs creates a lots of depth in this picture.
The great composition makes the picture nice calmness and the great light creates a lots of details.....Good job.

Friendly regards,

Hello Danos,

The elevated location adds extra impact to the chapel..!
A lovely little piece of architecture, and I notice the bell next to the door as an interesting detail...
The composition is a delight to my eyes, with the stairs as a strong lead-in..!

Pablo -

Hi Danos,
What a pretty church that connecting by a staircase, good vertical format to show it, beautiful stone wall and tiling floor, tidy shot, distinct image, well done.

Καλημέρα Δάνο,
Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία με το ανεμοδαρμένο μικρό εκκλησάκι κάτω στα βράχια της χώρας της Άνδρου, ωραία χρώματα, πολύ καλή γωνιά λήψης και προοπτική.
Σε χαιρετώ, Βασίλης.

Impressive scemario danos.
It has a great depth like a 3D image

Kalimera dear Danos

It seems a uniquely Greek tradition to build little chapels on rocky outcrops along the coast. I love the idea and the churches, as here, are so beautiful and quaint. I love the POV, the perspective and the wonderful sharpness. Excellent job and I wish you a lovely Friday.

Geia sou

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7884 W: 56 N: 6322] (45351)
  • [2011-06-24 13:58]

Que beleza de capela mostrada nessa fotografia. Penso que deve ter sido bem difícil contruí-la alí.



Hi Danos

Great composition, good vertical frame and good light.


Bonjour Danos
cette petite chapelle sur son rocher a beaucoup de charme, avec en plus l'accés par l'escalier, elle domine la mer et la plage, et toujours bleu et blanc qui priment
excellente composition

Hi, Danos,
I like your idea to make this composition from this PoV! Impressive old architecture and splendid colours of the sky on the background!!!
My compliments!

Hi Danos!
Very interesting and attractive construction!
Truly beautiful picture of it!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, vertical format, contrasts and composition have pleased me a lot!
TFS - congrats,

Καταπληκτική Δανέ!
Αν και έχω επισκεφθεί αρκετές φορές την Άνδρο,δεν έχω καταφέρει ποτέ μα πάω στην Χώρα..Την επόμενη φόρα που θα πάω θα πάω στην Χώρα μόνο και μόνο για να δώ αυτό το πανέμορφο εκκλησάκι..Εξαιρετικός φωτισμός και κάδρο!

Καλό σαββατοκύριακο,

Kalimera Danos,
Your framing places the chapel nicely against the excellent detail of the cloudy sky while the stairway leads the eye into the chapel. Excellent sharpness and light management add the the enjoyment of the composition. Still your note is almost better that the photo as you tell the importance of this place in Greek history.

Speaking of history, I wonder what you think of this article?

It's nice to hear from you, I've missed TE but the last six months have been a real challenge. However, things are looking up now.
ευμένος σας την υγεία, την αγάπη και τη χαρά, Pat

Very lovely close up view of this deserving chapel. the stairs perfectly in diagonal create a very good perspective and the stone walls offer fine textures which contrast with the white of the chapel. Nice vertical framing, an interesting sky and an enviable sharpness make the image enjoyable.

Compliments and best greetings,

Olá Danos,
Uma beleza de capela.Gostei da suavidade das cores e uma impressão de 3D.Excelente nitidez e POV.

Ciao Danos,
sono stato un pò assente , e mi scuso con te, e mancherò per un pò ancora, credo fino a dopo l'estate. Mi sono perso parecchie tue foto, tutte belle, come questo splendido soggetto, ben inquadrato e di grande qualità.
Un caro abbraccio

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8687 W: 4463 N: 15271] (61475)
  • [2011-07-02 9:17]

Yassou Danos
Very good point of view on the chapel
Very nice contrasted picture.
Warm regards

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  • JFS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2771 W: 3 N: 671] (32459)
  • [2011-07-02 12:17]

Hi Danos,
How great looks this tiny church! Lovely textures, smooth colors, good sharpness...Superb work!

have a nice WE!

Hello Dimitris
Lovely little whithe church.
Great presentatin of Greece.
Famntastic combination of colors.
Excellent low point of view.
Fine texture of the stone.
Amazing job.
Best regards

Hello Danos, Nicely taken from a well chosen low POV, I like the way we are lead straight to that blue door by the stairs, I also like your PP work, excellent colour, contrast & detail.

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  • sydb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 63 W: 0 N: 41] (579)
  • [2011-07-07 8:11]
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wow quelle image tellement net et bien expose que sa nous parais irrele vraiment bravo pour a qualiter de cette image les couleur son magifique et le ciel vraiment beau on dirais du hdr??

A beautiful scene taken from a very interesting angle. Congratulations!

Hi Danos. Your PP work was v ery efective and I like a lot. Great contrast and nice colors. I like your point of view and the composition. Fine work, well done.
Have a nice day.

I like those twilight colors, and the sharpness of the particulars: the stones, the roof, the bell; the angle of the stairs gives verticality and drives beyond the chapel, to the sky. Great shot.
Regards, Elena

Hi Danos,
Only in Greece can we find chapels in the most varied and original places !
Here, I like the contrast between the straight, neat lines of the pavement, stairs , wall and chapel, and the natural roughness of the rock on which it stands.
Luckily, the Mediterranean doesn't have high tides ! In other parts of the world, it would probably be in danger of flooding even at that height.
Thanks for this original postcard.
Kindest regards.

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2011-09-07 4:45]

Hello Danos
The stairs create a fine lead-in guiding our eyes to the chapel. The chapel was built upon the rock. Very nice clarity of the pavement in the FG. Nice work in vertical format!

Hello Danos.
I like this little chapel being built on the rock. The blue doors are attractive with vivid details in the frame.
Great find and wonderful composition.
Thanks and kind regards.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10499 W: 174 N: 17832] (79193)
  • [2012-04-27 7:38]


many of this curious temples located in the top of mountains and isolated rocks were pagan religious points. very nice this small church and the stairs and walls around it. excellent idea to share this place with us. nice compo, well done. TFS.



Crystal clear representation of a beautiful landmark of Andros.Great detail captured, I can even start walking on those little steps.Great shot Danos!

Καλησπέρα Δάνο,
Η ατμόσφαιρα είναι υπέροχη έχει μια ζεστασιά και θρησκευτικότητα. Το άσπρο με τα μπλε παραθυρόφυλλα και την μπλε πόρτα αντιτίθεται με τους κάφε τόνους του βράχου. Μια απλή σύνθεση αλλά τόσο αρμονική.
Καλό απόγευμα και καλό Σ/Κ,

Hello Danos,

Very tidy shot of this old church and the history of the place are truly remarkable.There is something very special about this blue and white combination that most of the architecture from Greece seem to follow.Greeks may not be that honoured in todays world but the world knows their history and its true had they not been at the top in BC eras, then,probably we would still have been somewhere in medieval times today .In India we still have a school of medicine known as YUNANI (or Greek)practised widely and very much parallel with the indigenous Ayurveda.TFS.

Best Regards

Hi Danos,
The footpath and the stairs lead the eyes to the entrance of the chapel very nicely. Nice POV. The tiny chapel perched on a rock forms a very pretty scene.

A beautiful chapel on a rock Danos,
Exhaustive comment about that area, good framing and excellent quality
Have a nice day

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2016-01-09 23:26]

Dear Danos,
artwork looks like the church on the rock,very nice your photo with good framing and nice lighting, take care.
have a nice Sunday.

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