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Who Is Emperor Leo V Overthrew?

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In 787 at the Second Council of the Nicaea, Empress Irene rejected iconoclasm as heresy. However, Emperor Leo V overthrew Irene’s decision in 815. Iconoclasm ended in 843 when Empress Theodora reversed the royal policy and made holy images legal. Some churches still celebrate this event every year on the Feast of the Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Lent, with a triumphant parade of holy images.
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