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Visit these churches and see the powerful icon “Christ the Pantocrator” 

CHRIST PANTOCRATOR

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V. M. Traverso - published on 10/07/20

Monreale Cathedral, Sicily, Italy

One of the greatest examples of Norman architecture, the Cathedral of Monreale was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site thanks to its architecture and rich collection of Byzantine artworks. This icon of Christ Pantocrator, typical of Byzantine art, represents an almighty Jesus holding a copy of the scriptures in his left hand and giving his blessing with his right hand, positioned so that his fingers form the first and last letter of the word “Χριστός” (Christos in ancient Greek). It was probably created in the 12th or 13th century by Venetian artists.

Mosaics in the apse
Tango7174 | CC BY-SA 4.0

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