The multi-scene composition over the western doorway of the narthex conveys the message of the Last Judgement, as does the entire wall-painting program of the narthex.
On the upper part of the lunette, the Preparation of the Throne depicted. In front of it a double-armed cross stands with the crown of the thorns and in front of these are the gospel book and the Holy Spirit pictured as a white dove. On both sides of the cross, the spear, the sponge and the sigla of Christ, are illustrated reminiscing the Passion. A red mandorla bearing eyes and wings surrounds the throne while and Eve kneel and raise their hands. The Holy Trinity is symbolised with the throne, the cross and the Gospel book and the dove
The polysemic composition bears multiple meanings on different levels with the most prominent being the eschatological one.
On the central part of the left side of the lunette, the Fiery Stream is represented. An entirely painted-in-red angel pushes a group of sinners to the flames with a trident. On the front line there is a king, a queen, lori and three hierarchs. The inscriptions written, read: place the sinners into the fire and the fiery stream. The Fiery Stream refers indirectly to the Second Coming as in a homily accredited to Hippolytos, another homily addressed to Emperor Constantine the 5th and in the Apocalypse of Anastasia.
On the left corner of the lunette, Hades is personified as a naked winged man riding a monster with an inscription: the insatiable Hades.
On the right side of the lunette a Trumpeting Angel is figured. In front of the angel, there is an empty sarcophagus and two groups of souls within clouds. The souls are personified as children dressed in white garments and with covered heads. The inscription cites the epistle of Paul towards the Thessalonians 4:17 reads: we will be caught up together with them in the clouds.


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Ioannides, Marinos, “Preparation Of Throne,” Αψίδα, accessed October 14, 2019,