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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. Is is a pre-iconoclastic Byzantine icon, with dimensions of 1.37 x 0.94 m. The entire icon is encased by a gold and silver shirt, made in Moscow, 1819 - that covers the entire body except for the faces. The most unique characteristic of the image is what appears to be a scar on the chin of the Virgin.
==History of the icon==
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