A tribelon, meaning “three curtains,” is a passage divided by two columns, whose resulting three openings can be closed by three curtains. The central is, as a rule, slightly larger than the two side ones. The tribelon occurs in some tomb entrances, for example, in several rock tombs at Bani Hasan and in the Sixth- mastaba of at (, 1953, pp. 92-109), but otherwise it must be considered as a structural element. Because of its inherent symmetry, it was readily employed in early churches as a half-open linking of adjoining rooms (, 1952). In several early , the is connected with the by a tribelon, for example the main church of Dayr and the Great of .

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