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 (prŏp′ə-lē′əm, prō′pə-)
n. pl. prop·y·lae·a (-lē′ə)
An entrance or vestibule to a temple or group of buildings. Also called propylon.

[Latin, from Greek propulaion : pro-, before; see pro-2 + pulē, gate.]


(ˌprɒpɪˈliːəm) or


n, pl -laea (-ˈliːə) , -lons or -la
(Architecture) a portico, esp one that forms the entrance to a temple
[C18: via Latin from Greek propulaion before the gate, from pro-2 + pulē gate]


(ˌprɒp əˈli əm)

n., pl. -lae•a (-ˈli ə)
Often, propylaea. a vestibule or entrance to a temple area or other enclosure, esp. when elaborate or of architectural importance.
[1700–10; < Latin < Greek propýlaion gateway, n. use of neuter of propýlaios before the gate =pro- pro-2 + pýl(ē) gate + -aios adj. suffix]
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From 1801 to 1812, Elgin's agents removed about half of the surviving sculptures of the Parthenon, as well as sculptures from the Propylaea and Erechtheum.
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The Athenian Acropolis, with its impressive entrance, the Propylaea, and its main temples, the Parthenon, the Erechteion, and the Temple of Athena Nike, is an iconic image in the European cultural memory (5).
Between 1801 and 1812, Elgin (Britain's ambassador to the Ottoman Empire) and his agents not only stole marbles from the Parthenon, but also swiped sculptures and artifacts from the Propylaea, the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens; and the Erechtheion, an ancient temple near the Acropolis.
on the Athenian Acropolis in the 5th century BC the Greeks said everything there was about architecture: in Doric Parthenon, Ionic Erechtheion and Doric and Ionic Propylaea.