Loculus (architecture)

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For the Roman soldier's kit, see Loculus (satchel).
Concrete loculi at Igualada Cemetery.

Loculus (Latin, "little place"), plural loculi, is an architectural compartment or niche that houses a body, as in a catacomb, hypogeum, mausoleum or other place of entombment. In classical antiquity, the mouth of the loculus might be closed with a slab,[1] plain, as in the Catacombs of Rome, or sculptural, as in family tombs at Palmyra.


  1. ^ Katherine M. D. Dunbabin, The Roman Banquet: Images of Conviviality (Cambridge University Press, 2003), p. 254.


  • Curl, James Stevens (2006). A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (Paperback) (Second ed.). Oxford University Press. p. 880 pages. ISBN 0-19-860678-8.