Byzantium

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File:Christ Pantocrator mosaic from Hagia Sophia 2744 x 2900 pixels 3.1 MB.jpgEnglish: Marvelous mosaic of Christ Pantocrator (“ruler over all”) from the Hagia Sophia in Instanbul. It is the central figure of the so called Deësis mosaic (Δέησις, “Entreaty”) which probably dates from a relatively late 1261. It is considered by many to be the finest mosaic in Hagia Sophia. Uploaded PD to Wikimedia by Dianelos Georgoudis using Paint Shop Pro.

File:StJohnClimacus.jpgSt. John Climacus, PD because of its age, Icon of The Ladder of Divine Ascent (the steps toward theosis as described by St. John Climacus) showing monks ascending (and falling from) the ladder to Jesus; uploaded onto Wikipedia by en George.

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