Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The Mosaics - Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex – England

The iconographic tradition of the Orthodox Church consists of two main categories, i.e. icon paintings (whether these are small icons, or wall-paintings) and mosaics. The latter reached its greatest height during the Byzantine epoch, where we have the most famous examples. The Patriarchal Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist, in Essex (England) has a number of great examples of this iconographic tradition. It is, however, interesting to identify that they are located on the exterior of the monastery buildings, whilst in the East, they are mostly found indoors. Nevertheless, they are an additional testimony of Orthodoxy in this area of England.  

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