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The Dormition of Virgin Mary Church in Bansko

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  • Decoration
    Decoration Phase Primary decoration
    Decoration Type Painting
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    Location of decoration Iconostasis
    Description of decoration The iconostasis is composed of base panels, sovereign icons, an apostolic tier, a trellis vine and a holy cross at the top.
    The base panels show various designs forming twigs, rosettes, medallions, birds, lions and double headed eagles.
    The royal doors have three tiers of medallions, portraying four prophets, the Annunciation and four church fathers. Round medallions encircled by pigeons are placed on the trellis vine. The holy cross is richly decorated, with two dragons, vases with lofty flower bouquets and pigeons. Most likely the iconostasis at the church of Bansko was constructed in 1801 during the temple reconstruction.
    The iconostasis and the icons in particular were considerably damaged by the fire which broke out in 1956. They were painted by Toma Vishanov – Molera - the founder of the Bansko Iconographic School. In 1930 a part of the iconostasis was cut off and probably was taken abroad.
    The apostolic tier is the oldest of all and most probably dates back to the end of XVIII century, portraying icons by Toma Vishanov.

    Related Person Toma Vishanov
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    1801 AD
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    Decoration Type Woodcut
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    Location of decoration Bishop's throne
    Description of decoration The bishop’s throne is done by the carver who also designed the main section of the iconostasis. An icon with carved frame is mounted on the back. The ciborium is “hanging” with no dome-shaped cover.
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