The Local Tier of iconostasis of St. Basil the Blessed Chapel
«The Local Tier of iconostasis of St. Basil the Blessed Chapel»
The most prominent feature of an Orthodox church is the Iconostasis, consisting of one or more rows of Icons and broken by a set of the Holy Doors (also called Royal Doors or Beautiful Doors) in the and a door at each side (the Deacon's Doors). In ancient times, the Iconostasis was probably a screen placed at the extreme Eastern end of the church (a tradition still preserved by Russian Old-Believers), but quite early it was moved out from the wall as a sort of barrier between the Nave and the Altar, with the opening and closing of curtains making the Altar both visible and inaccessible.
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