Nave


Nave
   The central space of a church, running from the entrance to the choir, where the faithful congregate to hear the mass. It is called a nave as the church at times is likened to the ship that symbolically will transport the faithful from this life to the next. It is usually flanked by aisles and separated from them by the nave arcade. The nave elevation in Gothic churches usually includes the arcade, triforium, and clerestory, granting a delicate skeletal appearance. In Italy, the nave elevations are usually only two stories high, with arcade and clerestory, and feature lesser piercings. This type of construction is better suited for the hot and humid climate of the region. The continuous walls above the nave arcades in these churches provide a surface for fresco or mosaic decorations, normally absent in French Gothic prototypes. In some of the longitudinal churches built during the Counter-Reformation, among them Il Gesù in Rome (1568-1584), the nave was widened and the side aisles eliminated to avoid the visual interruptions created by the arcade and to place all focus on the main altar during the rituals of the mass.

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  • nave — (Del lat. navis). 1. f. barco (ǁ construcción capaz de flotar). 2. Embarcación de cubierta y con velas, en lo cual se distinguía de las barcas; y de las galeras, en que no tenía remos. Las había de guerra y mercantes. 3. Cada uno de los espacios… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

  • nave — ave (n[=a]v), n. [AS. nafu; akin to D. naaf, G. nabe, OHG. naba, Icel. n[ o]f, Dan. nav, Sw. naf, Skr. n[=a]bhi nave and navel: cf. L. umbo boss of a shield. [root]260. Cf. {Navel}.] 1. The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nave — Nave, n. [F. nef, fr. L. navis ship, to which the church was often likened; akin to Gr. nay archo s, Skr. n[=a]us, and perh. to AS. naca boat, G. nachen, Icel. n[ o]kkvi; cf. L. nare to swim, float. Cf. {Nausea}, {Nautical}, {Naval}.] (Arch.) The …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nave — Ⅰ. nave [1] ► NOUN ▪ the central part of a church apart from the side aisles, chancel, and transepts. ORIGIN Latin navis ship . Ⅱ. nave [2] ► NOUN ▪ the hub of a wheel …   English terms dictionary

  • Nave — Nave, Dorf in der lombardischen Provinz Brescia, im Valle Caino; 2470 Ew …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • nave — [neıv] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Medieval Latin; Origin: navis, from Latin, ship ; because of its shape] the long central part of a church …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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