The Harrowing of Hades is the icon most often used to represent the Resurrection of Christ: the Feast of Feasts, Pascha (Easter). In this scene, Christ is seen coming out of the dark pit of Hades, bringing with Him all of the righteous Old Testament saints. The Lord is pulling Adam and Eve out, having smashed the gates that kept them captive. This is the great and universal triumph of life over death, light over darkness. It is an exact depiction of the Orthodox paschal hymn, "Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life!"
This fresco is one of the most famous depictions of the paschal scene, painted in the apse of the funeral chapel of the Church of the Holy Savior in the Country (usually known simply as Chora), outside the walls of Constantinople.
Both the Icon and the gift note were beautiful
Posted by Charles Pustejovsky on Oct 17th 2018
I have a larger icon of this at home and bought this for my Lutheran parents after my grandfather died. I included a gift note with it that spoke some words of comfort, explained the icon, and quoted the Paschal Troparion.
The gift note was handwritten and so lovely my parents almost unthinkingly put it on the wall below the icon.
Posted by Susanna Amend on Apr 3rd 2018
This is a stunning icon. I purchased this icon in the XXL 16 X 20 size for my eastern dining room wall. The detail and the colors are breathtaking. It's as though you are looking at a hand painted icon in a parish. I was so impressed I purchased the Dormition of the Theotokos.
Glory to God
Posted by frida on Feb 15th 2018
This icon captures the magnificence of Resurrection. I used it during my father's memorial just a few days ago. It got people curious & opened up the way for me to explain to my curious nephew what this icon means in our church since he had no clue being from an evangelical background. Legacy Icons customized it for me & I'm glad I got it on time in the mail.
A Beautiful Blessing
Posted by Unknown on Feb 15th 2017
Full of gratitude for this icon and how it is such a blessing to all who see it!
My search competed
Posted by Unknown on Jan 28th 2017
For several yrs I have looked for this icon, since my visit to Chora 20+ years. Quality and affordable.. I will use it for preaching and teaching.
Posted by Unknown on Apr 11th 2016
Excellent quality, and a hard-to-find icon. Perhaps a little high-priced, though I do appreciate the work that goes into making these.