(Of a portico) having six columns.
- Rather than the simple Greek Ionic order of the two earlier capitols, Nichols used a more elaborate Ionic variation for the colossal freestanding hexastyle portico that dominated the west or main front.
- The temple proper, measuring 2815 m., consists of a square cella and a hexastyle pronaos formed of Corinthian columns on a high podium; it is surrounded by a precinct wall which encloses an area 40 m. square.
- In the process of working with these components, it appears that Bernini flirted with the idea of transforming the octastyle front into a hexastyle front.
Early 18th century: from Greek hexastulos, from hex 'six' + stulos 'column'.
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