Thursday, 17 January 2013

Nef (nave)

The longest part of a church, located between façade (facade) and abside (apse) (or the transept if there is one).
A church can have one single nave or a central nave with two or more bas-côtés (aisles, they are also part of the nave).
The axis of the nave coincides with the east-west axis of the church.
In plan the nave is indicated in pink.
The picture shows the nave and the two aisles of the Saint-Martin in Chapaize.
See also vaisseau (synonym).

Nef - Wikipedia

Saint-Martin - Chapaize

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