The thought comes into the mind that it is the cella of a temple with arches cut through its walls.
cella, the principal, often the only, apartment of a Greek or Roman temple.
Old Jason, at the same time, was standing before the little grove beside the steps leading to the cella.
In the cella, and also in the chamber behind, there were columns.
The peristyle was walled up, and arches were cut through the walls of the cella, exactly as in the great church of Syracuse.
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.
Against the rear wall of the cella stands a large pedestal, three times as long as it is broad.
There were also in the walls of the cella four niches for statues, of which two have been found.