Nipson anomemata me monan opsin
Nipson anomēmata mē monan opsin (Ancient 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;
- around the baptismal font at St. Michael's Cathedral in Barbados;
- 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), St Ethelburga's Bishopsgate and Hadleigh (Suffolk);
- at the Vlatadon Monastery, Thessaloniki, Greece.
- at the fountain "Pigi Zois" (Source of Life) of Agios Nektarios (between Kolympia and Archipolis), Rhodos
- at a fountain inside the church Panagia Ekatontapiliani in Parikia on the island Paros, Greece
When the sentence is rendered in capital letters, as would be usual for an inscription (ΝΙΦΟΝ ΑΝΟΜΗΜΑΤΑ ΜΗ ΜΟΝΑΝ ΟΦΙΝ), all the letters are vertically symmetrical except for the Ν. As a result, if the N is stylized Ͷ in the right half, the sentence is not only a palindrome but also a mirror ambigram.
- Blake, Barry J. (2010). Secret Language: Codes, Tricks, Spies, Thieves, and Symbols. Oxford: University Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-19-957928-0.
- Preminger, Alex; Brogan, Terry V.F.; Warnke, Frank J. (1993). The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (3rd ed.). Princeton University Press. p. 874. ISBN 0-691-02123-6.
- Langford-James, R. A Dictionary of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Ayer. p. 61. ISBN 0-8337-5047-X.
- "Wash the sins, not only the face". Flickr. 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2013-10-01.