Harrowing of Hades (Chora) Resurrection Icon - F138

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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.



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12 reviews

  • 5

    Outstanding Workmanship!

    Posted by Catherine Mathias on Apr 28th 2022

    Every Icon I’ve purchased from Legacy Icons has not disappointed! This was beautiful! I got the medium, protective wax for my son as a Pascha gift. He loved it. We buy one another icons from Legacy because they are high quality, affordable and beautiful! He is Eastern Orthodox and I am Roman Catholic so this has been a beautiful way we have bonded in our Catholic faith together. Thank you so much! May God continue to bless the works of your hands!

  • 4

    Beautiful icon, but...

    Posted by Julia on Jun 25th 2020

    Yes, this IS a beautiful icon. However, the resolution is not as sharp as I was expecting. This is why I gave it 4 stars and not 5. Perhaps this is because it is a photograph of an actual fresco? Legacy Icons Response: Yes, this is a photograph of a fresco and it is the best quality photograph we have been able to source to date. If we come across a better photograph we will of course improve our printing quality as well. Many historic churches in Turkey are now threatened by the conversion of museums back into mosques.

  • 4

    An Important Icon

    Posted by James on May 28th 2020

    Having been to Chora Church in Constantinople I can tell you that this is work of art is awe-inspiring but tragic due to what happened post 1453. I bought this icon in extra large and it is very nice, especially the details our Lord's face.

  • 4

    Beautiful icon

    Posted by Maria on Apr 29th 2020

    The icon image is truly beautiful and the colors are just as vibrant as depicted on the website. The icon has a good weight to it too (6 x 7 size). Overall, it seems very well made. It's the first time I purchase a "print" icon (i.e. a print glued onto an icon board) so my only concern is whether the print will unglue/detach over time.

  • 5

    Beautiful icon, delivered quickly

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 23rd 2020

    I realized too late that we did not have a resurrection icon for our home alter for Pascha during COVID-19. I ordered this one on Holy Saturday and it arrived within just a few days. It is beautiful. Such rich colors. We are grateful!

  • 5

    Beautiful Icon!

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 11th 2019

    This icon is beautiful! I bought it for my husband as an anniversary gift, and he loves it! Legacy Icons shipped it quickly and it arrived in a very carefully bubble-wrapped package.

  • 5

    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.

  • 5

    Beautiful 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.

  • 5

    Glory to God

    Posted by frida on Feb 16th 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.

  • 5

    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!

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