I have a question. Often, watching the Russian Patriarchate youtube, I see in various huge cathedrals nuns at the left side of the doors. That is, around the north door. (or perhaps both? but i notice it at the north door)
Why is this? Is this a certain tradition? Why nuns?
Also, I heard that back in the days of royalty the royalty would be near the deacon doors as well. Is this true? (or am I mistaking this with theatre, where french royalty would sometimes sit on the side of the stage? I think it is the latter)