- a partition or screen on which icons are placed, separating the sanctuary from the main part of the church.
Also i·con·o·stas [ahy-kon-uh-stas] /aɪˈkɒn əˌstæs/.
Origin of iconostasis
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This resembles the Greek iconostasis, the screen on which the “icons” or sacred pictures are placed.
On the east is the Iconostasis, dividing the 'Holy of Holies' from the rest of the church.Jerusalem Explored, Volume I--Text
In front of the iconostasis was an "Entombment," surrounded with young grass amid which little lamps shone.
At Easter time two processional crosses of silver and a Resurrection banner decorate the church outside the iconostasis.
The iconostasis is of the seventeenth century; the paintings are covered with silver plates.
- 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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