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14/11/2006
The wood sculptured works


The Metsovo wood sculptors created wood sculptured ecclesiastical works such as the iconostases, Despotic thrones, pulpits, icon stands, ciborium for the epitaphs, Lecterns, candelabra etc, for the liturgical needs of the churches, but also for decorative reasons, as well as works that related to the decoration of residences, for example wood sculptured ceilings, built in wardrobes, etc or decorated objects for daily use such as the spoons, shepherd’s crooks, etc.

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Iconostases


During the Byzantine period the iconostases were mainly of marble. In the post Byzantine period the norm became wood sculptured iconostases, which exhibit generally a tripartite division in the height.

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Despotic thrones


During the years of the Turkish occupation, because it was not permitted to construct new and large churches, the opposite in fact occurred since the demolition of churches were common at least in the early years, the thrones were absent from most churches.

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Pulpits


The pulpit constituted an inseparable section in the liturgical life of the church, as with the iconostases and the Despotic thrones.

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Icon stands


With the passing of time and the creation or the conversion of large churches into churches with two natures or three natures, the icon stands provided in some way a solution to the problem of honouring the saints or the religious events at the churches that had been demolished

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The lecterns


During the same period when the solea was introduced and the procession of the hymns prevailed with the division of the chanters into two choirs that chanted in responses, the lecterns for the chanters were also instituted.

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The monstrance


It is a sacred vessel within which is preserved the pre sanctified Consecrated bread for the urgent needs of the faithful

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Candelabra – candle sticks and candle holders


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.

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Ripidia – cherubim


Nowadays they hold the place of banners and they carried at processions and litanies and «the six winged Seraphim appeared resembling the many eyed Cherubim».

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