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- n. A barrier between the nave and the altar in a Byzantine church.
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On this architrave or crossbeam large disks or shields were placed containing the pictures of the saints, and this arrangement was called templon (templum), either from its fancied resemblance to the front of the old temples or as expressing the Christian idea of the shrine where God was worshipped.
These included fine marble relief panels, some of them broken, from the old templon.
This area consisted of a broad middle section, or nave, with one or two aisles on either side, and a semicircular apse, where an altar was set up behind a low chancel screen known as the templon.
Gordio metis en la templon la veturilon mem sur kiu li tien veturis, antaux ol li komencis regi kiel la nova regxo.
La dioj respondis, "Kiu ajn venos unue en nian sanktan templon hodiaux, por fari oferojn, estos via regxo."
Every church of the Byzantine Rite eventually imitated the "great" church and so this open templon form of iconostasis began to be adopted among the churches of the East, and the name itself was used to designate what is now the iconostasis.