In Romanesque and Gothic Christian abbey, cathedral basilica and church architecture, the nave is the central approach to the high altar, the main body of the church. "Nave" (Medieval Latin navis, "ship") was probably suggested by the keel shape of its vaulting. The nave of a church, whether Romanesque, Gothic or Classical, extends from the entry — which may have a separate vestibule, the narthex — to the chancel and is flanked by lower aisles separated from the nave by an arcade. If the aisles are high and of a width comparable to the central nave, the structure is sometimes said to have three naves.

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Malton Priory
... For example the upper level of the nave, the clerestory, being removed and the roof lowered in the 1730s ... What now remains is the lowered nave and one of the original two west towers ... The nave aisles, crossing tower, transepts and chancel have all long since vanished ...
Santa Giusta Cathedral - Overview
... in undecorated sandstone, with three bays corresponding to the interior's nave and two aisles ... In the interior the aisles and the nave are divided by seven columns with arcades, made of material from ancient settlements of the area ... The aisles are covered by groin vaults, while the nave has trusses ...
Saint-Étienne, Lille - Description
... The nave has 7 bays, with side chapels all along the aisles, and the choir extends the nave and ends in a semi-circular apse ... choir and aisles are covered by an ogive vault and the nave by a barrel vault ...
Church Of Saint-Bruno Des Chartreux - Description - Nave - Side Chapels
... Renovations in the 19th century modified (among other things) the interiors of the eight side chapels ... Their altars were effectively reorientated to face the exterior walls rather than the east end, and the windows lighting each chapel were blocked (though traces of them can still be seen on the outside of the nave walls) ...
Nave, Lombardy
... Nave is a town and comune in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy, Italy ... The origin of the name Nave (Nae in the local Lumbard slang) is not certain ... navel) meaning the valley basin in which Nave sits, others think it is a contraction from Latin nam vallis, wide valley ...

Famous quotes containing the word nave:

    Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
    Take the moral law and make a nave of it
    And from the nave build haunted heaven. Thus,
    The conscience is converted into palms,
    Like windy citherns hankering for hymns.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

    Poetry is the supreme fiction, madame.
    Take the moral law and make a nave of it
    And from the nave build haunted heaven.
    Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)