Nipson anomemata me monan opsin
Nipson anomēmata mē monan opsin (Greek: Νίψον ἀνομήματα, μὴ μόναν ὄψιν), meaning "Wash the sins, not only the face," or "Wash my transgressions, not only my face," is a Greek palindrome[fn 1] which was inscribed upon a holy water font outside the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople:
The inscription can also be found in the following places:
- above the Hagiasma ("Holy Spring") of the Church of St. Mary of Blachernae in Istanbul;
- around the baptismal font at St. Mary's Church, Nottingham;
- the font of several churches in Paris, e.g.,
- at St. Menin’s Abbey, Orléans;
- at Dulwich College;
- at the following churches of the UK: Tewkesbury Abbey (Gloucestershire), Worlingworth (Suffolk), Harlow (Essex), Knapton (Norfolk), St Martin, Ludgate (London), and Hadleigh (Suffolk);
- at the Vlatadon Monastery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
- Barry J. Blake, Secret Language: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols, Oxford University Press, 2010, ISBN 0-19-957928-8, p. 15.
- Alex Preminger, Terry V.F. Brogan, and Frank J. Warnke, The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 3rd ed., Princeton University Press, 1993, ISBN 0-691-02123-6, p. 874.
- R. Langford-James, A Dictionary of the Eastern Orthodox Church, Ayer Publishing, ISBN 0-8337-5047-X, p. 61.
- "< palindromo > ... Wash the sins, not only the face | Flickr - Photo Sharing!". Flickr. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2013-10-01.