Triple-stepped crepidoma with stylobate at top, in the Doric Temple of Segesta, Sicily
The Roman Maison Carrée, Nîmes, illustrating the Roman version of a stylobate

In classical Greek architecture, a stylobate (Greek: στυλοβάτης) is the top step of the crepidoma, the stepped platform upon which colonnades of temple columns are placed (it is the floor of the temple). The platform was built on a leveling course that flattened out the ground immediately beneath the temple.

Some methodologies use the word stylobate to describe only the topmost step of the temple's base, while stereobate is used to describe the remaining steps of the platform beneath the stylobate and just above the leveling course. Others use the term to refer to the entire platform.

The stylobate was often designed to relate closely to the dimensions of other elements of the temple. In Greek Doric temples, the length and width of the stylobate were related, and in some early Doric temples the column height was one third the width of the stylobate. The Romans, following Etruscan architectural tradition, took a different approach in using a much higher stylobate that typically had steps only in the front, leading to the portico.

Other Languages
беларуская: Стылабат
bosanski: Stilobat
català: Estilòbata
čeština: Stylobat
dansk: Stylobat
Deutsch: Stylobat
español: Estilóbato
Esperanto: Stilobato
فارسی: روپی
français: Stylobate
galego: Estilóbata
հայերեն: Ստիլոբատ
italiano: Stilobate
עברית: סטילובטה
қазақша: Стилобат
Nederlands: Stylobaat
norsk: Stylobat
polski: Stylobat
português: Estilóbata
русский: Стилобат
slovenščina: Stilobat
српски / srpski: Стилобат
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Stilobat
svenska: Stylobat
українська: Стилобат
中文: 柱座