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Panagia Portaitissa

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'''Panagia Portaitissa''' (Gr. She who resides by the door or Keeper of the Gate) also known as '''Theotokos Iverskaya'''.
If the [[Panagia of Axion Esti]] is the official [[icon]] of Mount [[Athos]], then this icon is the most popular. This image Is is a pre-iconoclastic Byzantine icon, with dimensions of the Virgin Mary 1.37 x 0.94 m. The entire icon is encased in by a frame of gold and silver covering shirt, made in Moscow, 1819 - that covers the entire icon body except for the faces. A The most unique characteristic of this icon the image is what appears to be a scar on the chin of the Virgin.
==History of the icon==