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Crete Moni Arkadiou H

Marble soleas in front of the iconostasis at Moni Arkadiou, Crete.

The soleas ("an elevated place") is an extension of the sanctuary platform in an Eastern Orthodox temple (church building). The soleas projects beyond the iconostasis, forming a narrow walkway running the full length of the iconostasis.

In the center of the soleas is the ambon, directly in front of the Holy Doors, where the Communicants stand to receive Holy Communion and where the clergy come out for public prayers, sermons, etc.

At either side of the Soleas are places for two choirs, called the kliros (meaning lots, since in ancient times Readers and Singers were chosen by lots).

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