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n. pl. i·co·nos·ta·ses (-sēz′)
The screen decorated with icons that divides the sanctuary from the nave of an Eastern Orthodox church.

[From Medieval Greek eikonostasion, shrine : eikono-, icono- + Greek stasis, a standing; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəsɪs) or


n, pl iconostases (ˌaɪkəʊˈnɒstəˌsiːz; aɪˈkɒnəˌstæsɪz)
(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) Eastern Churches a screen with doors and icons set in tiers, which separates the bema (sanctuary) from the nave
[C19: Church Latin, from Late Greek eikonostasion shrine, literally: area where images are placed, from icono- + histanai to stand]
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(ˌaɪ kəˈnɒs tə sɪs)

n., pl. -ses (-ˌsiz)
a partition or screen on which icons are placed, separating the sanctuary from the main part of an Eastern church.
[1825–35; < Medieval Greek]
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Nativity Cathedral has a stunning gold iconostasis, and an oversized bell tower thanks to a mix-up by a Russian bureaucrat when ordering the gong.
They stood before the church's gold- and mosaic-laden iconostasis, the gate that Orthodox churches use to separate the sanctuary from the nave.
Alexander Nevski, where he will pray before the iconostasis of the holy brothers Cyril and Methodius.
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Above this central doorway sits the portrait of our beloved planet earth." (42) The project's website also explains the arrangement of the paintings and symbols in the shape of an iconostasis: "The classic architectural iconostasis found in the Orthodox Church of Western [sic) Europe, is a wall covered by icons, created to separate the Sanctuary from the Nave.
The mosaic floor was reused, and the stone iconostasis or chancel screen was erected over it in the eastern part of the chapel, forming a square bema that contains the altar.
15, 2017 -- Maher Eskandar Reverend Philoxenus opened the sanctuary, moved the iconostasis to the side and stood exactly at the spot which the Holy Family blessed.
Their restitution to the Government of the recognised Republic of Cyprus was on the understanding that they would eventually return to the Church in Lefkosia: in the words of the Cypriot statement upon the presentation of the case at UNESCO headquarters "their journey will only end when they finally occupy their original and rightful place in the iconostasis of the Church of Antiphonitis".
For the first time, visitors may take a guided tour between performances of the church's elaborate iconostasis with iconographer Theresa Danovich, who has written icons for churches across the state.
The Divine Liturgy invites full participation of the senses through colorful vestments, frequent changes of physical postures, billowing incense, and the vibrant iconostasis guiding the faithful toward a richer, deeper participation in the Eucharist.
The large Rupe Rupe (1899) would form the centrepiece of what the critic Yakov Tugenkhold later described as 'a great fresco, an iconostasis', in which over a dozen of Gauguin's beautiful canvases were hung so close together that 'at first, one does not even notice where one picture ends and the next begins'.