cella

/sel"euh/, n., pl. cellae /sel"ee/. Archit.
1. the principal enclosed chamber of a classical temple.
2. the entire central structure of a classical temple. Also called naos.
[1670-80; < L: storeroom, shrine, akin to celare to hide; see CONCEAL]

* * *

or naos

Enclosed body of a temple (as distinct from the portico), in which the image of the deity was housed.

In early Greek and Roman architecture it was usually rectangular, with an entrance at one end; the side walls were often extended to form a porch. In larger temples the cella was sometimes open to the sky. In the Byzantine architectural tradition, the naos is the area of a central-plan church where the liturgy is performed.

* * *

Greek  Naos,  

      in Classical architecture, the body of a temple (as distinct from the portico) in which the image of the deity is housed. In early Greek and Roman architecture it was a simple room, usually rectangular, with the entrance at one end and with the side walls often being extended to form a porch. In larger temples, where the cella is open to the sky, a small temple was sometimes placed within. In the Byzantine architectural tradition the naos was preserved as the area of a centrally planned church, including the core and the sanctuary, where the liturgy is performed.

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • cella — [ sela; sɛlla ] n. f. • 1759; mot lat. « loge » ♦ Archéol. Lieu du temple (grec, romain) où était la statue du dieu. ● cella, cellae ou cellas nom féminin (latin cella) Chambre d une divinité dans un temple. (La triade capitoline avait trois… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Cella — eines Peripteros Als Cella (lat.: kleiner Raum, Zelle) bezeichnet man der Verwendung Vitruvs gemäß den inneren Hauptraum eines antiken griechischen oder römischen Tempels. Die Cella, in der die Götterstatue aufgestellt war, wurde als Raum der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cella — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Para otros usos de este término, véase Cella (desambiguación). Cella …   Wikipedia Español

  • cella — CÉLLA s.f. Sală sau spaţiu într un templu grec sau roman, unde se află statuia zeului protector; naos (2). – cuv. lat. Trimis de valeriu, 03.03.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  CÉLLA s. v. naos, navă. Trimis de siveco, 13.09.2007. Sursa: Sinonime  célla s …   Dicționar Român

  • Cella — • One of the names by which the small memorial chapels sometimes erected in the Christian cemeteries of the first age were known Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Cella     Cella     …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Cella — Cella, lat., Gemach, Kammer, Wohnung, daher das deutsche Zelle. In den alten Tempeln war cella der abgesonderte Ort, wo das Götterbild stand …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • cella — / tʃɛl:a/ s.f. [lat. cella cameretta, dispensa, cantina ]. 1. a. [ambiente piccolo e nudo, in monasteri, romitaggi e sim.] ▶◀ cameretta, cubicolo, stanzetta. b. [stanza di segregazione in carceri, collegi e sim.: c. di rigore ] ▶◀ gabbia, (pop.)… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • cella — (Del lat. cella). f. Arq. Espacio interior, de forma rectangular, que constituye el núcleo de la construcción en los templos griegos y romanos, y comunica por uno de sus lados con el pronaos o pórtico …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • Cella — Cel la, n. [L.] (Arch.) The part inclosed within the walls of an ancient temple, as distinguished from the open porticoes. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cella's — is a brand of chocolate covered cherries marketed by Tootsie Roll Industries.It currently comes in the following variety:* Milk Chocolate Covered Cherries * Dark Chocolate Covered Cherries …   Wikipedia

  • Cella [1] — Cella (röm. Ant.), 1) Behältniß, um etwas aufzubewahren, z.B. C. penuarĭa, Speisekammer, C. vinarīa, Weinkeller; der Aufseher über eine C. hieß Cellarius; 2) ärmlicher Wohnort, z.B. der Armen, Sklaven; 3) in Tempeln Ort, wo das Götterbild stand,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.