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Candlesticks, Church for the Repose of the Virgin Mary At Makrino (1781)
(Photo: Triantaphyllos Sioulis)
Candlesticks, Church for the Repose of the Virgin Mary at Skamneli (1708)
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Candelabra with candlesticks, Church for the Birth of the Virgin Mary at Heliochorion (2nd half C 18th)
(Photo: Triantaphyllos Sioulis)
Candelabrum with a candlestick, ch for the Birth of the Virgin Mary at Heliochorion (2nd half C 18th)
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14/11/2006
Candelabra – candle sticks and candle holders

Triantaphyllos Sioulis

© Ioannina Prefecture
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The use of these sources of light in the churches was an ancient practice, which were placed before the Despotic icons of Christ and the Virgin Mary. They carried candle holders, one large and smaller, for the supporting of the candles by the faithful.
The material from which they were constructed varied, since there was bronze, iron, marble or wooden candelabra.
They were usually comprised of a base in the shape of a cross, from the centre of which extended a vertical round column with a varied shaped decorative; dactyls, fluted lines, narrow and tall truncated cones, etc., which culminated at a column capital or a wooden disk or a metal pan with candle holders or sand.
However, certain candle holders are also impressive that are supported on the candelabra, which are wooden and very tall. They carry a painted decorative, which was usually comprised of vegetation with leaves and blossoms that wind through a gold leaf valley or on other occasions through the hagiography, such as for example at the church of the Repose of the Virgin Mary at Makrino in Zagorion, etc.