Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Vaisseau (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 vaisseau central (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.
In the picture the nave and two aisles of the Saint-Martin in Chapaize.
See also nef (synonym).

Vaisseau - Wikipedia

Saint-Martin - Chapaize

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