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Orthodox Byzantine art in Rilsky monastery (Bulgaria)

Saint John the Baptist (Prophet Yahya the Baptizer, for the muslims) holding his own head in a plate

What is the meaning of the hand sign?

Route 107, Rila, Bulgaria

Photos of interesting Christian Sacred Art that I stumbled upon.­

Those are the best of the 1200 photos I took during an unforgettable 3-week trip in Bulgaria in May 2004, with my friend Susie.­ Some photos have been digitally converted to black-and-white.­

Links to some other sites with interesting photos of Bulgaria:

* Georgy Velichkov - pictures from Bulgaria

* TrekEarth Gallery