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Carved Mouldings

Carved mouldings on the southeast corner of the basilica catch the sunlight in the middle of the day

The Nativity of Christ

‘And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger’ (Luke 2:16). Detail of a Sinai icon dated to the eighth or ninth century.

Two passages from On the Nativity of Christ, by Saint Gregory the Theologian:

Χριστὸς γεννᾶται, δοξάσατε· Χριστὸς ἐξ οὐρανῶν, ἀπαντήσατε· Χριστὸς ἐπὶ γῆς, […]

Archetypal Sinai Kelli

An archetypal Sinai kelli facing one of the inner courtyards within the monastery