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Related article:"Iconostand in Russian Orthodox Church: Meaning, Organizing and Placements of Icons"
The Russian Iconographers of the 16th century created the now present Five Tiered Iconostand.
The placement of the Iconostand and each icon
placed on it holds incredible symbolic intent.
The Russian Iconographers intended for the Iconostand to represent more than a mere functioning wall.
The Russian influence on the Iconostand (also known as Iconostasis), is without saying, significant. When the Byzantine Empire imported Orthodox Theology into Russia the Iconostand varied in form. It was typically a wall that was chest high. Some Orthodox Churches opted to have a wooden framework with a curtain attached. This curtain would then be opened and closed during various parts of the service.