- the principal enclosed chamber of a classical temple.
- the entire central structure of a classical temple.
Origin of cella
1670–80; < Latin: storeroom, shrine, akin to cēlāre to hide; see conceal
Also called naos.
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Examples from the Web for cella
Cella, the principal, often the only, apartment of a Greek or Roman temple.
In the cella, and also in the chamber behind, there were columns.
The exterior of the building, including these columns, was about twice the width of the cella.
Inside were three small rooms, entered by separate doors from the cella.
Both the portico and the cella no doubt had a coffered ceiling.
- the inner room of a classical temple, esp the room housing the statue of a deityAlso called: naos
C17: from Latin: room, shrine; see cell 1
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