saint john the baptist - angel - severed head - byzantine art - rila - rilski monastery (bulgaria)

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?

angel wings beheaded byzantine decapitated head human head image john the baptizer orthodox christian painting prophet religion rila rilski manastir rilski monastery sacred art saint john the baptist severed head st john the baptist yahya the baptizer България Рилски манастир
Route 107, Rila, Bulgaria

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

Photos of interesting Christian Sacred Art that I stumbled upon.­