Icons 101: Introduction to Icons
Icons are the most widely recognized characteristic of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Icons are found in all church buildings as well as in the homes of believers.

The Greek word eikonographia means "image writing". So, icons are said to be written rather than painted. Icons are based on actual historical images of sacred persons which accounts for the similarity in appearance of Christ, the Theotokos and saints.

This section of the site is designed as an introduction to icons, their characteristics and symbolism, and a review of the most popular historic icons.

General Information and Characteristics
Early History of Icons
Icon Veneration and Opposition
Characteristics of Icons
Particular Characteristics of Icons
Icon Arrangment on the Iconostasis
The Icon Corner

The History of Popular Icons
Popular Icons of Christ
Hodigitria and the Mother of God of Tikhvin
Theotokos of Vladimir and the Virgin Pokrov
Mother of God of Kazan and the Iveron Icon
Mother of God of the Sign, Czestochowa and Damascus
Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Detailed Descriptions of Select Icons
The Royal Martyrs of the Reigning Mother of God
The Deisis
Christ the Pantocrator
St. Seraphim of Sarov

Feasts of the Orthodox Church
Icons of the Major Orthodox Feasts
Icon of Pascha
Icons of Special Days in the Church

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