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11th - 12th century image of the Theotokos called Nicopaea by the Venetians who looted it from Constantinople in 1204 and placed it in a chapel in San Marco. The icon was the Imperial standard of Constantinople and was carried throughout the City and into battle by the Emperors of Byzantium. It was captured in a pitched battle for the City by the Christian army of the Fourth Crusade.


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Theotokos Hodegetria from Vatopedi Monastery, Mount Athos, 14th century ~ (Greek: Ὁδηγήτρια, literally: "She who shows the Way"), or Virgin Hodegetria, is an iconographic depiction of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) holding the Child Jesus at her side while pointing to Him as the source of salvation for mankind.

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