Narthex of the Catholicon at Docheiariou
This is a vivid image of the narthex or vestibule which communicates between the church and other spaces in the monastery– outside to the cells, westward to the refectory and a chapel with a miracle-working icon. A wide passageway with an arched door and window connects the interior of the narthex (vestibule) to the exterior courtyard of the monastery. The lamp indicates that people come here at night. Ceilings, floor and walls all have different textures. Floor is composed of pebble stone mosaic. The vestibule itself is adorned with fresco including the bishop saint at left, which suggests the role of the narthex as a place of prayer. Monks regularly recite psalms and prayer in this part of the church before entering for the main liturgy.