Differed from other civilizations, Greek temples had never been the places for religious ceremonies, which were carried out at the alters placed in front of the temples. The temple was build as a house where the statue of the divinity could be kept safe. The room for the statue was called the Naos and the porch in front was called the Pronaos.

The larger temple has a back porch called Opisthodomos used as a treasure house. The enterance faces the east, unless it was geographically restricted.

  J. J. Coulton, "Ancient Greek Architects at Work" (1982)
A. W. Lawrence, "Greek Architecture, 5th edn." (1996)
Vitruvius, "Ten Books on Architecture" (2001)
D. S. Robertson "Greek and Roman Architecture, 2nd edn." (2004)