1. Structure, usually circular or polygonal, built over the tomb of a Christian martyr, so essentially a mausoleum. Hundreds of Christian churches owe their existence to martyria, which took their form from well-established Roman funerary types (exedrae, octagons, rotundas, etc.). The complex martyrium at Hierapolis in Phrygia, Turkey (early C5), had a plan derived from Nero's Golden House, Rome (C1).
2. Place in a church where Relics are deposited.
3. Structure created on a site where witness to the Christian faith was borne.
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