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The nave extends from the entry — which may have a separate vestibule (the
The term nave is from medieval
The earliest churches were built when builders were familiar with the form of the Roman
The nave, the main body of the building, is the section set apart for the laity, while the
Medieval naves were divided into bays, the repetition of form giving an effect of great length; and the vertical element of the nave was emphasized. During the Renaissance, in place of dramatic effects there were more balanced proportions.