Perystyle hallArchaeological term derived from the Greek Peristylos, ‘Surrounded by a colonnade' (Peri, ‘Around' + Stylos, ‘Pillar', ‘Support' or ‘Bearing'). This can refer to either a colonnade surrounding a building or court, more specifically a range of roof-supporting columns together with their entablature on all sides of a building (such as the cella of a Greek temple) or court, or else an open space enclosed by such a colonnade (as in the courts of houses, palaces and temples in ancient Egypt).