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A peripteros with a peristasis between the columns (dots) and the walls

The peristasis (Greek: περίστασις) was a four-sided porch or hallway of columns surrounding the cella in an ancient Greek peripteral temple. This allowed priests to pass round the cella (along a pteron) in cultic processions.

If such a hall of columns surrounds a patio or garden, it is called a peristyle rather than a peristasis.

In ecclesial architecture, it is also used of the area between the baluster of a Catholic church and the high altar (what is usually called the sanctuary or chancel).[1]


  1. ^ "Text und Textwert der Griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testaments", Text und Textwert der griechischen Handschriften des Neuen Testaments, Band 2, Das Matthäusevangelium, Berlin, Boston: DE GRUYTER, 2003, doi:10.1515/9783110910162.850, ISBN 9783110910162, retrieved 2022-03-26