In the center of the iconostasis we find the Holy (or Royal) Door. This represents the “beginning of our salvation”.138 Generally, an icon of Jesus is on one side and the Theotokos is on the other.139 This Royal Door is the entrance to the Holy of Holies. Only the clergy may enter and only at certain moments.140

132 Quenot, 1991, p. 47.
133 Ibid, p. 48.
134 Zibawi, 1993, p. 138.
135 Ouspensky and Lossky, 1983, p. 59.
136 Ouspensky, 1992, p. 278ff.
137 Ibid, p. 282.
138 Ibid, p. 278.
139 Ouspensky and Lossky, 1983, p. 60.
140 Ibid, p. 66.