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Mariazell (märēˌätsĕlˈ) [key], town, Styria prov., E central Austria. It is a winter and summer resort. Chiefly noted as a place of pilgrimage, it is famous for its 12th-century wood carving of the Virgin and Child, which draws thousands of pilgrims annually.

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