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The Image of Edessa was an image of Christ that, according to tradition, was of miraculous origin. Abgar, the king of Edessa and contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth, suffered from a skin disease and his messenger Ananias who was passing through Jerusalem, found out that there was a miracle worker and healer in the city. Ananias took a cloth with Christs image to Edessa. Abgar touched it to his whole body and was cured from his skin disease, except for a small spot that was left on his forehead. The Image was kept in Edessa even when the city was lost to the Byzantine Empire. Towards the middle of the tenth century it was finally taken to Constantinople. After a ceremonious arrival, it was kept in the Boucoleon and, apart from making an appearance in some pilgrims lists of relics they had seen, is hardly mentioned again.

Keywords: Abgar; Ananias; Boucoleon; Christ; Constantinople; Image of Edessa

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