A q3 ov, from ava(3aivav, to walk up, the reading-desk of early Basilican churches, also called iri pyos.
705 on the foundations of the basilican church of St John: its plan differs therefore from the normal type in that its arcades run east and west, and the transept in the centre becomes the prayer chamber.
There are many early rock-cut churches in Abyssinia, closely resembling the Coptic. After these, two main types of architecture are found - one basilican, the other native.
The cathedral at Axum is basilican, though the early basilicas are nearly all in ruins - e.g.
The square type may be due to basilican influence, the circular is a mere adaptation of the native hut: in both, the arrangements are obviously based on Jewish tradition.