The 29 best Minecraft seeds for 1.20 and 1.21 2023

What are the best Minecraft seeds for 1.20? If you’re new to seeds, you can skip to the bottom of the guide to find out more about them, but in essence, seeds are codes that Minecraft uses to generate worlds for you – if you know the right seeds, you’ll be able to live your every fantasy in this amazing game, like easy-access strongholds for speedrunning, beautiful landscapes for building, or rare structures for looting. To help you do just that we’ve scoured the internet to find the coolest and most demanded seeds, and put them all together in this easily navigable guide.

You can leave your world generation completely up to fate, but if you’re unlucky, you could spend hours looking for a Minecraft village, an ancient city, desert temples, or whatever else you want to experience in the sandbox game. So that you don’t waste time exploring a bad seed, keep reading our comprehensive list of 27 cool Minecraft seeds, or use the handy jumplinks to find the specific experience you’re looking for. Unless otherwise stated, these seeds should work for Minecraft Java version 1.20, the latest version of the game, so make sure your Minecraft launcher is set up for version 1.20 before heading into the game, or you may get different results.

Here are the best Minecraft seeds we’ve found for Java 1.20 in September 2023:

1.21 Trial Chamber seed

Trial Chamber seed: 393235010621814182
Coordinates: x = 54, y = -15, z = 185

First off, this seed only generates Trial Chambers if you use it in a 1.21 snapshot and turn experimental features on. If you need help with this, take a look at our guide to playing on Minecraft snapshots.

Now you can load a new world with this seed in your 1.21 installation and check out this great spawn location, with a nearby village and trial chamber. There’s almost no better way in Minecraft 1.21 to loot valuable materials early on, but what’s better is you can access this underground chamber with next to no tools. Head to the village at x = 176, z = 64 to stock up on wood and other materials safely before heading to the massive cave entrance to the south west. Use the waterfalls here to safely descend into the cave, and you can see a brick wall at the bottom – this is the Trial Chamber. Use a pickaxe to break through the wall and take on the new challenge.

Of course, since you are entering a cave (and dangerous trial chamber) we would recommend taking some tools and weapons with you, but there’s so much loot to be had inside the Trial Chamber walls that you won’t need much. Just be on the lookout for mob spawners, including the new Minecraft Breeze.

Minecraft seeds: A partially uncovered trial ruin building in a Minecraft trial ruins spawn seed.

Spawn Trail Ruins seed

Spawn Trail Ruins Seed: -78281593317120339
Coordinates: -152, 72

Trail Ruins are all that is left of ancient Minecraft civilizations and villages from a time long since forgotten. Added in the 1.20 Trails and Tales update, these oft-buried structures are home to plenty of valuable loot and even Minecraft archaeology, given you the chance to scrape away at suspicious blocks to reveal the secrets hidden within. Perhaps the most fun part is just excavating the area itself though, and finding out just how large the village was – perhaps you could even take on the task of reforming it?

This trail ruin seed is perfect for any budding archaeologists, as the ruins seen above are just a few blocks from spawn, and the top-most bright terracotta blocks can be seen with no digging required. What’s even better, though, is the nearby village at x = -272, z = 272, giving you somewhere to call home while you work, and to safely store all the artifacts you uncover. There’s even a Mineshaft underground here too, if you’re brave enough to face the dangers in exchange for even more valuable loot.

Eight Ancient Cities are labelled with orange pins on one of the best Minecraft seeds for 1.20 in 2023.

Eight Ancient Cities

Eight Ancient Cities seed: -3227758055243832981
Coordinates: Various, see below.

No, we’re not joking. We were actually hunting for a trail ruin seed when we came across this incredible find. We’re not sure why you’d want to put yourself through the incredible pain of looting even one Ancient City (we might have been killed by The Warden one too many times), but this is the Minecraft community – there’s bound to be someone who wants to visit eight adjacent cities.

We found this seed using Chunk Base, and, as you can see from the image above, there are eight Ancient Cities all within a thousand-block square. Given how large Ancient Cities themselves are, trust us when we say there’s not much distance between them. In fact, we went and had a look in spectator mode, and that block of four in the bottom left are all practically on top of each other. Travelling between those far north cities at least gives you a bit of breathing space from The Wardens. Here are their individual coordinates, but remember this is only the central point, and so, given their size, they’re closer than they seem:

  • 1: x = -2,520, y = -616
  • 2: x = -1,848, y = -600
  • 3: x = -2,088, y = -184
  • 4: x = -2,264, y = 104
  • 5: x = -2,440, y = 40
  • 6: x = -1,864, y = 408
  • 7: x = -2,296, y = -488
  • 8: x = -2,440, y = 424

If this seems like a bit too much for you, there is a seed further down with just two combined Ancient Cities, but there was no way we weren’t adding this to the list of the best Minecraft seeds right now.

Minecraft speedrun seed, The end poem credits scene from Minecraft.

Speedrun seed

Speedrun seed: 7499203634667178692
Coordinates: x1619, y = 38, z = -485

If you want to test your mettle as a speedrunner, this is the random seed used by current record holder Zylenox, who we’ve also listed as one of our favorite Minecraft YouTubers for their speedrun record. It might not appear the best with those Stronghold coords above, but we’d highly recommend taking a look at Zylenoz’s speedrun raw recording to see how it’s done by the very best, and give it a practice in the seed itself.

In-game screenshot taken from inside an Ancient City, with an arrow pointing through a gap, indicating where a second Ancient City is located in this amazing Minecraft 1.20 seed.

Double Ancient City Cherry Grove seed

Double Ancient City Cherry Grove seed: 2419912010728942704
Coordinates: x = 94 , y = -36, z = 265

This is a pretty incredible find if we may say so ourselves. Finding one Minecraft Ancient City in survival mode is hard enough, finding two right next door to one another is something else. And these two are almost directly below spawn? And a massive cherry grove biome? Yes and yes.

When you’re dropped at spawn at x = 16, z = -16, you are immediately greeted by the sight of a Cherry Grove biome to your south and east, surrounding some snowy slopes. Head underground to the south east of spawn to find a gigantic Ancient City at x = 96, z = 73. Follow this underground structure directly South until you reach a lava fall to find the start of another Ancient City. Just watch out for those Wardens. The coordinates we’ve listed above drop you right in between the two cities.

A vast, icy landscape in one of the best Minecraft seeds for 1.20, with a circular green meadow surrounded by towering white icy mountains.

Pretty Minecraft seed for 1.20

Pretty icy 1.20 seed: 7050622155736149866
Coordinates: x = 93, z = 2,655

This seed was originally found by Redditor Hanazeri in 1.19, and the magnificent icy landscape in the image above still stands in the 1.20 update. What makes this even better after Tales and Trails though is the addition of a Cherry Grove biome right next to one of the icy mountains. The vantage point above can be found at coordinates x=93, z=2,655, while the snowy mountain and cherry blossom combo can be found a *cough* short *cough* walk along the x-axis to x=-694, z=2,846.

There’s no prettier color combo than pink and white, right? So grab a few saplings and pink petals from the Cherry Grove, head back to the gorgeous building plot above, and turn that circular meadow into a snowy pink wonderland.

One of the best Minecraft seeds we've ever seen, this stunning location features pink cherry blossom trees set on a ring of mountains, circling a valley with a lake and caves.

Cherry Grove seed

Perfect Cherry Blossom ring seed: 1691256543523180978
Coordinates: x = 11,980, z = 1,400

If you love the seed above but want something a bit less… chilly, then this perfect pink paradise might just the place to build your next home – and it might be one of the most incredible finds we’ve ever seen in Minecraft. We have redditor Shoowa to thank for this one, which on the surface is a stunning ring of cherry blossoms, surrounding a pretty lake, and itself surrounded by a circular river. Just that alone is enough to make this an incredible find – just image a cute cherry blossom village with that lake as the focal point – but there’s even more to this location that you first see, with a village nearby, some phenomenal caves and even a mineshaft underneath the mountain range.

Best Minecraft Trails and Tales seed: A large cherry biome filled with pink sakura trees.

Trails and Tales seed

Cherry Grove and archeology seed: -4701114812458603382
Coordinates: x = 1,898, z= 1,110

We’re going to keep digging for the very best seed for the Minecraft Trails and Tales 1.20 update, but this is by far the best we’ve seen to date. Not too far from spawn in an easterly direction, you’ll find a large desert biome (x=1,400, z=700), which is home to two desert temples for archeology, plus, there’s a desert village nearby for taming your very own camel. That’s not all, as there is a relatively large Cherry Grove biome to the north of the desert, where you can build a pretty Minecraft house, or just gather some Sakura saplings.

Minecraft seeds: A desert temple in the foreground, with a desert village on the horizon.

Desert Temple seed

Double desert temple seed: 6379870233718797262
Coordinates: x = -387, z = 150

This seed is the perfect location for a dig site with Minecraft archeology. There are not one, not two, but three desert temples all fairly close to spawn, with one about a minute’s walk southeast from spawn, and another the same distance southwest. If you’re worried about spawning in a desert with no wood, there’s an entire jungle of the stuff right behind the eastern temple. Meanwhile, the western temple, as you can see in the image above, has a village behind it, so you’ll be able to tame a camel or two, as well.

Minecraft seeds: A Minecraft ancient city seed shows two conjoined ancient cities below an exposed minecraft

Ancient city seed

Ancient city seed: -4289043014354930070
Coordinates: x = 2,103, z = -5,856

If you’re struggling to find a Ancient City in survival mode, we’re not surprised – they’re difficult to find. You could use our guide to help you locate one in your adventures, or you could use this seed, found by Redditpeoplebelike and shared on Reddit, and head to the coordinates x=2,103, z=-5,856. It’s a fair hike, but it’s worth it – once you get there, you’ll find not one but two ancient cities smushed together, below an exposed, hanging mineshaft system. That’s a lot of rare loot… provided you can evade the terrifying Minecraft Warden within.

Minecraft seeds: Ancient City near spawn seed - A large ancient city filled with candles and lava.

Ancient city near spawn

Ancient City near spawn seed: -3675652194237789176
Coordinates: x = 120, y = -25, z = 129

If the previous ancient city seed requires a little more walking than you’re willing to do, this one can be found right beneath your feet thanks to Redditor u/Few_Trainer_180. Starting from the spawn point, walk a bit further east (x=65, z=70) to find the entrance to an enormous cave system. Descend towards the east, then take the tunnel underneath the lava stream towards the west. There’s an opening in the ground (x=120, y=-25, z=129) through which you can see the Ancient City. While these underground ruins should keep you busy for a while, this Ancient City seed features more than a dozen other Ancient Cities relatively close to the spawn point. For example, the second-easiest one is underneath a cave opening on the snowy mountains in the north (x=90, y=150, z=-280).

Best Minecraft 1.20 seeds: a desert village with camels and badlands on the horizon.

Desert village seed

Desert village and camels seed: 2689156606574652174
Coordinates: x = -783, z = 230

Not only does this seed spawn you near a ruined portal and in a gorgeous badlands biome, but you’ll also find a desert village just a short hop from spawn. This village is home to a cute Minecraft camel, perfect for traveling across the vast desert and badlands landscape surrounding you.

Minecraft seeds: diamonds seed - a large vein of diamonds surrounded by deepslate.

Easy Diamonds seed

Diamonds seed: 3057310577815726585
Coordinates: x = 90, y = -31, z = -250

Digging for diamonds can be a frustrating task, but not if you know the exact location of a 21-piece diamond vein, as spotted by Redditor u/PurelyPog. Although it’s technically a diamond vein of 18 blocks plus a second one of three blocks, either way you look at it; it’s massive. To find it, start by walking towards the northeast, where you’ll find a Plains village. Stand on block x=90, z=-250, then dig straight down until you enter a cave at y=-24. Watch out for the monsters! Once you get rid of them, dig a bit further down (y=-31) to find the 18-piece diamond vein. The second one is a few blocks lower. As a bonus, you’ll find plenty of other ore types in this cave area.

To make this find even better, get to a village first and trade your way to a pickaxe imbued with a Fortune enchantment to get up to four times as many diamonds from your haul.

Best Minecraft seeds: An infinitely long mineshafts sprawls east and west under a lush cave.

Mineshaft seed

Infinite mineshaft seed: 107038380838084
Coordinates: y = 0, z = 8

This one is utterly overwhelming. Create a new world in version 1.20 and head underground at spawn, or anywhere on z-axis 8.0 (well, equip yourself with some essential tools and armor first), and you’ll find one long Mineshaft that spawns the world’s entire x-axis. Right near spawn, it even opens into a lush cave, lighting the path ahead with glow berries. Think of all those glorious Mineshaft chests filled with precious loot… Thanks to u/Cynix747 for sharing this incredible find on Reddit. Our only advice: try not to get lost.

Minecraft Christmas seeds - 5488656216511509290: sun rays pour over snow-topped mountains and a frozen lake.

Beautiful Minecraft seed

Beautiful Minecraft snow seed: 5488656216511509290
Coordinates: x = -170, z = -204

We might be nearing the end of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, but even if you’re not looking for a Minecraft Christmas guide right now, this winter wonderland seed is still beautiful for any time of year, surrounding you with ice and snow as far as the eye can see. Load into a 1.19 world or newer, head up the mountain right next to you on spawn, and you can descend into a dripstone cave or build a festive town or icy-cool castle on the gorgeous frozen lake above. Plenty of rare structures near spawn, including a Pillager Outpost at -192, 117, also help you get essential loot in the early days.

Minecraft seeds: Woodland Mansion seed - a large woodland mansion surrounded by trees.

Woodland Mansion seed

Woodland Mansion seed: 844424960210770
Coordinates: x = 16, z = -3

Why search for a Woodland Mansion if you can spawn on top of one? This Minecraft Woodland Mansion seed, found by Redditor u/Demonitized_Money, does exactly that. Moreover, the Mansion is situated right in the middle of a river, with a large nearby cave area and easy access to the Ocean. Just be careful when climbing down from the rooftop; the west side of the building offers the safest way to descend.

Minecraft seeds: Witch hut seed - A witch hut with a large woodland mansion close behind.

Witch Hut Seed

Witch hut seed: -9215772017318341931
Coordinates: x = 452, z = 454

This amazing Minecraft witch hut seed from Redditor u/Wasthereonce spawns not one, not two, not even three, but four nearby witch huts. As a nice bonus, they surround a massive Woodland Mansion. All four huts are close to the Mansion (x=500, z=420), so it’s best to look for this hard-to-miss landmark first, just one-minute walk south of the original spawn point. Once there, circle the swampland around the giant building to find the witch huts (north, south, and west of the Mansion).

Minecraft Seeds Coastal village: a village near ocean ruins and a ruined portal.

Coastal Minecraft village seed

Coastal village seed: -7783854906403730143
Coordinates: Spawn

This Minecraft seed spawns you on a rocky plateau close to a large village. Several spectacular mountains are in the distance, and just across the water is another village built into the cliffside – a perfect base for ocean adventuring. Even better, there’s a ruined portal and an accessible ocean ruin nearby, both containing valuable loot. It’s a great Minecraft survival seed for exploring the Caves and Cliffs update.

Minecraft Seeds: A mooshroom mob on the mushroom fields biome.

Mooshroom biome seed

Mushroom fields seed: 859337968100847433
Coordinates: x = 128, z = 66

After spawning on a sandy shore, turn around and venture out to sea to discover a Mooshroom island paradise populated by several adorable Mooshrooms. Watch your step as the rare mushroom fields occasionally open up to huge ravines, but they do make the perfect place to build a stunning ravine base – especially since the Mooshroom environment keeps you safe from hostile mobs.

Minecraft seeds: Island seed - a rare Minecraft island featuring a taiga biome, a village, a beach, and a woodland mansion.

Amazing Island Seed

Best island seed: -3420545464665791887
Coordinates: Spawn

This Minecraft island seed, an incredible find by Redditor u/stofix_, provides one of the most challenging and unique places to start your game. Yup, it’s only a small island… But it houses a pretty large Taiga village and a Woodland Mansion. Thanks to the Taiga and Dark Forest biomes, you won’t suffer from a shortage of trees.

Best Minecraft seeds: a woodland mansion on the banks of a river in Minecraft, opposite a lush cave.

Woodland Mansion and lush cave seed

Woodland mansion and lush cave seed: 2377611421072266823
Coordinates: x = 487, z = 492

Instead of heading out to sea when you spawn into this seed, sail along the river toward the coordinates x=487, z=492, and you’ll come across a woodland mansion on the riverbank.

On the opposite bank, there’s a cave nestled in the hill – inside, it opens up into a vast lush cave with a dripstone cave chamber on the side. There are plenty more lush caves in the vicinity to explore, but they require some digging to find.

Best Minecraft seeds: a Minecraft lush cave seed with pools of water and a mineshaft.

Lush Cave seed

Lush cave and mineshaft seed: -1898624505743265221
Coordinates: x = 2,890, y = 47, z = 2,200

While this breathtaking cave found by u/SushyDie on Reddit is a fair old trek from the initial spawn location at x=2,890, y=47, and z=2,200, it’s more than worth the journey – just make sure you’re in version 1.18 or later.

Traveling into the massive cave via the top of a disused mine shaft attached to the roof by chains, the vast expanse of the cave opens up below you and is the perfect location for an underground metropolis. Not to mention all that precious loot you can find in the Mineshafts.

Minecraft seeds: Jungle seed - A large jungle filled with bamboo with a rock face in the background.

Jungle seed

Jungle seed: 5247619261862256596
Coordinates: Spawn

This Minecraft Jungle seed drops you right in the middle of a lush green bamboo paradise. Besides Bamboo Jungle, you’ll find a large patch of dense Jungle to the north (across the river) and a seemingly endless Sparse Jungle to the east. If you’re looking for a Jungle Temple, you’ll find that a bit further north as well (x=-150, z=-150). However, the seed’s biggest selling point is its beauty; the forest is spread out over little islands and gorgeous hills, including a particularly epic rock formation just northeast of the spawn point. If this still isn’t enough greenery for you, you might want to cross the Plains and Savannah to the west. Once you’ve crossed the river, you’ll find another huge Jungle biome waiting to be explored (x=-1,000, z=0).

Best Minecraft seeds: a Minecraft 1.18 village built into a tall rocky island.

Cool Minecraft village seed

Village monolith seed: -6537256334104833826
Coordinates: x = -416, z = 128

You can find this peculiar village to the west of the island where you spawn, at coordinates x=-416, z=128. These intrepid villagers have made a home all the way around a tall, jagged cliff jutting out of the sea, with harbours on every side, buildings perched on top, and farmland carved into the cliffside. While it looks cool, it’ll take a while to scale this huge vertical island.

Minecraft seeds: seed with all biomes - plains, savannah, snowy hills, swamp, and more biomes can all be seen from the same place, at spawn.

Seed with all biomes

All biomes seed: 4405134068028
Coordinates: Spawn

Don’t want to be stuck in the same biome for too long, do we? This legendary Minecraft seed, originally posted by Redditor u/Jereaux, contains every biome within 1,000 meters of the original spawn point (yes, every single one). Let’s sum up: there are Forests, Beaches, and Plains all around, Oceans to the northeast and west (all temperatures), Snowy Mountains and all types of Taiga to the west, a Mushroom Island and Swamp to the northwest, Savanna, Desert, and Badlands to the north and east, and Jungle and Stony Shore to the southeast.

Best Minecraft seeds: a Minecraft seed with four biomes in close proximity.

Multiple biomes seed

Multiple biomes seed: 333148945457819
Coordiantes: x = 1,350, z = 1,700

This multiple biome seed doesn’t give you every biome near spawn but offers a great variation of biomes in a relatively small area. As shown on Reddit, you’ll find a small patch of Mesa (x=1,350, z=1,700) to the southeast, surrounded by Plains, Savanna, Forests, Jungle, and Stony Peaks. Even better; both Savanna and Plains Villages surround this location. It’s a perfect place if you’re looking for a varied landscape.

Minecraft shattered savanna seed: Windswept savanna seed - A savanna biome with a large village in the foreground.

Shattered Savanna seed

Windswept Savannah seed: 6284900741809347198
Coordinates: x = -500, z = 210

Looking for ragged peaks with tiny floating islands? This Shattered Savanna seed, also known as Windswept Savanna, provides just that and more, with no less than four nearby Shattered Savanna locations to choose from. Directly after spawning, you’ll see the first one to the south, situated in the water (x=-500, z=210). The second one is to the west (x=-1060, z=-175), right next to two villages. The third one is in the north, next to a Swamp (x=-360, z=-900), and the fourth Shattered Savanna is northeast (x=-500, z=250). The one in the north (with the villages) is arguably the most unique of the four.

Minecraft seeds: Badlands seed - a large mesa biome filled with terracotta blocks and red sand.

Mesa Biome seed

Badlands seed: -2757104535283963016
Coordinates: Spawn

Looking for a large chunk of Badlands to explore? The Badlands, also known as the Mesa biome, are particularly rare as a spawn location. Luckily, this Mesa Biome seed drops you right at the border of the layered red rocks. Head northwest to find a seemingly endless Mesa biome with canyon-like rock formations, barren plateaus, forest areas, high mountains, large cave systems, tiny islands, and Ancient Cities.

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OP seed

Overpowered seed: 2059666523504992
Coordinates: Spawn

Found by YouTube channel moment’s Lab of Minecraft, this overpowered Minecraft seed hands you three nearby villages (and their valuable loot) on a silver platter. Village one is in the east (x=70, z=10), village two is in the southwest (x=-140, z=65), and village three is in the northeast (x=140, z=-200). They’re close to trees, cave systems, water, and various other biomes so that you won’t suffer any shortages.

Furthermore, there’s a ton of buried treasure on the beach to the north and a Ruined Portal to the southeast (x=150, z=210). The Nether Portal spawns you right inside a Nether Fortress, making it easy to grab even more loot.

Minecraft seeds: Minecraft title screen seed - the same mangrove swamp that appears in the Minecraft loading screen.

Minecraft title screen seed

Title screen seed: -1696067516
Coordinates: x = 3,820, z = 553

Finding title screen panorama seeds has become a new Minecraft tradition. YouTube channel MinecraftAtHome has found the original title screen using seed 2151901553968352745 (coordinates x=61, z=-68, in Minecraft beta 1.7), and they also discovered the version 1.19 title screen using seed -1696067516. If you try the latter, you’ll find yourself in an all too familiar Swamp biome at coordinates x=3820, z=553.

 

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Herobrine seed

Herobrine seed: 478868574082066804
Coordinates: x = 5, z = -298
Version: Alpha 1.0.16_02

Here’s one for the Minecraft folklore experts: the infamous Herobrine seed, a.k.a. where Minecraft-ghost Herobrine was supposedly sighted. Discovered by MinecraftAtHome on YouTube, you can now visit the creepy forest yourself (x=5.16, z=-298.53) as long as you use Minecraft’s Java Alpha 1.0.16_02 version. Of course, the myth of Herobrine is merely a decade-old copypasta, so we shouldn’t expect to find an actual ghost here… Right? Wait… Who’s that over there?

Minecraft seeds: the sun shines over the horizon in a Minecraft seed with a badlands biome, a dead bush sits in the foreground

What is a Minecraft seed?

If you’re new to Minecraft or just new to specific seeds, you might be wondering what we’re even talking about. As we briefly touched upon in the intro, Minecraft worlds are procedurally generated – each one is completely random across millions of blocks, thousands of diamonds, and hundreds of structures. However, when a new world is generated, it is given its own unique number – a seed. This number can then be entered into the game creation screen to recreate the exact same world generation again and again, so you and your friends alike can play the same world.

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How to load into a specific Minecraft seed

Most of these seeds can be entered into both Java and Bedrock editions and, thanks to seed parity, provides almost the same results – as long as you’re playing in at least version 1.18.

How to enter a seed in Minecraft Java Edition:

  • Select Single Player from the main menu
  • Click Create New World
  • Name your world and choose your game mode and difficulty
  • Select More World Options
  • Enter seed
  • Select any other required options like resource packs
  • Click Create New World

How to enter a seed in Bedrock Edition:

  • Click Create New
  • Then select Create New World
  • Head to the Advanced options menu
  • Enter seed
  • Choose any other required options for your world
  • Click Create

Enjoy this selection of the best Minecraft seeds, and get out for some brand-new Minecraft adventures. With an infinite number of worlds available, we’re sure there are some even more spectacular ones just waiting to be discovered, and we’ll update this list when they are. Meanwhile, there’s plenty to keep you busy exploring, but with something new to find around every corner, equip one of our favorite Minecraft skins, and perhaps even load up one of the best Minecraft Shaders to see one of the best PC games ever made in a whole new light.

Additional contributions by Gina Lees and Marloes Valentina Stella.

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