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Feel free to choose and buy folding icons for travels and for your home iconostasis in Catalog of st Elisabeth Convent.

Folding icons are usually pretty small and consist of two or three parts.

Folding icons came to Russia in the 10th century together with Christian faith. Folding icons were also known as "travel icons" because people would often take them on their journeys, or "particular", i.e. consisting of several parts.

A diptych is two icons hinged together.
A triptych consists of three icons, hinged so that the two wing panels fold over the larger central one.

You can easily select and buy a folding icon (diptych or a triptych) in our online store. We have folding icons made from wood, as well as folding icons in a velvet cover. Some icons can be detached from their covers, and they have colourful satin tassels to facilitate use.