VESTIBULE (עוּלָם, אֻלָּם, אֵילָם, H395, 1 Kings 7:6, otherwise porch, q.v.), a partially enclosed area used as an entry to a larger room. The most widespread form of porch was the bit hilani of Syria of the 11th cent. b.c. which served as the grand entry of the palace. It was partially open on the front side and enclosed on the other three sides, the rear opening into the main hall or others beyond; see [[Architecture]]; [[Porch]]. The façade usually had decorative columns which were also structural to support the roof above.