from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small chapel, as a monument within a church
  • n. A shrine open to the sky, sometimes used for sacrificial purposes, or in honor of the divine

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unroofed space consecrated to a divinity.
  • n. A small monumental chapel in a church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman antiquity, a small inclosed space without a roof, consecrated to some deity, containing an altar, and sometimes also a statue of the god.


From Latin sacellum. (Wiktionary)


  • In that case, the open front and the niche in the back wall could suggest that one is dealing here with a kind of sacellum (or shrine) dedicated to the cult of Marcus Aurelius, to whom the whole complex was dedicated.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Macellum Report 3

  • The other appellation "sacellum," applied by Boece to the hermit's chapel, is a better known and more classical word than the capellula of the _Scotichronicon_.

    Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1

  • Cicero himself has left us a complete definition of the word, for he has described "sacellum" as "locus parvus deo sacratus cum ara." [

    Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1

  • If there ever was a statue of the emperor on display in the complex it will either have stood in the central tholos or in a similar sacellum in the center of the north wing.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Macellum Report 4

  • An original function as a sacellum could also be suggested by the fact that an upper fragment of a statue base dedicated by a [son of At] talos, grandson of Telemachos to a divinity (as shown by the dedication as euchèn), whose name is no longer preserved, was found inside the room.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Macellum Report 4

  • The still incompletely excavated "niche" in the central part of the back wall suggested an original use as a sacellum (shrine?), of which the later reconstruction still respected the original layout.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Macellum Report 4

  • The front of room 1 (sacellum?) of the Macellum emerging from the soil.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Macellum Report 3

  • Here, however, the central shop seems to have been an open sacellum (chapel) framed by pillars that were still found in situ (see website 2006, Macellum, July 10 - August 10); we expect that the north portico -- to be excavated next year -- will contain a total of four shops, two pairs each on either side of the entrance.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - The Macellum Report 2

  • Also the material that has been picked out from the sieved residues seems to be very promising, especially in room 2 (a reused sacellum?, see Macellum, August 7-11, 2005) with its large amounts of fish and bird bones.

    Interactive Dig Sagalassos - Archaeozoology Report 2

  • This is the portal of its temple, through which alone we can gain access to the sacellum where its aporrheta are concealed.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry

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