plan of a large latin cross
church, with the nave (strict definition
plan with the nave (broader definition
the nave of the saint-sulpice church
the romanesque nave of the abbey church of saint-georges-de-boscherville
, normandy, france, has a triforium passage above the aisle vaulting.
first african baptist church (1865) - view of nave looking west.
the nave (/) is the central part of a church, stretching from the (normally western) main entrance or rear wall, to the transepts, or in a church without transepts, to the chancel. when a church contains side aisles, as in a basilica-type building, the strict definition of the term "nave" is restricted to the central aisle. in a broader, more colloquial sense, the nave includes all areas available for the lay worshippers, including the side-aisles and transepts. either way, the nave is distinct from the area reserved for the choir and clergy.