the inner part of an ancient Greek or Roman temple, housing the statue of a god or goddess
Origin of cellaL: see cell
- The inner room or sanctuary of an ancient Greek or Roman temple, in which the statue of the god was situated.
- In Byzantine architecture, the area of a centrally planned church in which the liturgy is performed. In both senses also called naos.
Origin of cellaLatin; see kel-1 in Indo-European roots.
plan of the Treasury of the Athenians