Ktitor

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Frescoe of Stefan Dečanski at Dečani monastery holding a small monastery in his hands; this signifies that he is the ktitor of the monastery.

A ktitor or ktetor (from Greek: κτήτωρ; Cyrillic: Ктитор; Georgian: ქტიტორი; Romanian: ctitor) is someone who provides the funds for construction or reconstruction of an Orthodox church or monastery, for the addition of icons, frescos, and other works of art. A Catholic equivalent of the term is a donator. The female form is ktitorissa or ktetorissa (Bulgarian: Ктиторица, Greek: Κτητόρισσα).