THE MAIN ICONOSTASIS

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Iconostasis of the Annunciation Cathedral

The multi-tiered iconostasis of the Annunciation Cathedral is one of the most eminent, beautiful and miraculous artworks of medieval Russian art. Up till now specialists do not come to an agreement concerning the authorship of its most ancient icons, i.e. the Deisis tier of the late  XIVth century and the Festive tier of the early XVth century. For a long time, they were considered to have been created by Pheophan the Greek, Prokhor from Gorodets and Andrei Rublev. The iconostasis is topped with the Prophetical and Patriarchal tiers, created in the mid XVIth century. The main specific feature of the Local tier of the iconostasis is the permanent place of patronal icon of the ruling Tsar, that was to be transferred to the Archangel's cathedral after his death to be placed on the tomb iconostasis. In the Local tier there is also the icon of Saviour on the throne.

The set, framing all the icons, was created on the imperial order in 1896 by makers of the Moscow Khlebnikov Firm drafted by architect Sultanov.