Columbarium

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Columbarium

 

a depository for urns containing ashes after a cremation.

In ancient Rome they were specially erected buildings with rows of semicircular niches. An ancient Roman columbarium, built in the first century B.C. under Augustus, was discovered near Rome, on the Appian Way. Today cemeteries and crematoriums are equipped with columbaria.

columbarium

One or a series of niches, intended to receive human remains. (See illustration p. 232.) columella Same as colonette.