List of highest church naves
The nave is the central approach to the high altar, the main body of the church, in Romanesque and Gothic Christian abbey, cathedral basilica and church architecture. "Nave" (Medieval Latin navis, "ship") was probably suggested by the keel shape of its vaulting. The nave of a church, whether Romanesque, Gothic or Classical, extends from the entry — which may have a separate vestibule, the narthex — to the chancel and is flanked by lower aisles separated from the nave by an arcade.
|Cathedral/Church||Nave height (meters)||Country||Comment|
|Beauvais||47 m (154 ft)||France||The "Parthenon of French Gothic", only one bay of the nave was built, but choir and transepts were completed to the same height.|
|Rome, St Peter's||46 m (151 ft)
45 m (148 ft)
|Milan||45 m (148 ft)||Italy|
|Barcelona, Sagrada Família||45 m (148 ft)||Spain||Still under construction, although the interior of the church is complete. Vaults of the crossing and the apse reach 60 and 75 metres respectively.|
|Naples||45 m (148 ft)||Italy|
|Bologna||45 m (148 ft)||Italy|
|Palma||44 m (144 ft) ||Spain||Pillars sustaining vaults are the narrowest in the world: they measure 1/12 of vault width (at Reims, pillars are 1/6 of vault width)|
|Cologne||43.35 m (142.2 ft)||Germany||Highest height to width ratio of any nave|
|Amiens||42.3 m (139 ft)||France|
|Seville||42 m (138 ft)||Spain|
|Metz||41.41 m (135.9 ft)||France||Largest glass surface|
|Ulm||41 m (135 ft) ||Germany|
|Narbonne||41 m (135 ft)
40.1 m (132 ft)
|France||Only the great choir of this French gothic cathedral has been built|
|Seville||40 m (130 ft)
||Spain||Ranked as largest medieval Gthic church|
|Aparecida, New Basílica||40 m (130 ft)||Brazil||Third biggest church in the world. Biggest temple of all Americas.|
|Lubeck, Marienkirche||38.5 m (126 ft)||Germany||Highest brick vault in the world.|
|Hagia Sophia||38 m (125 ft)||Turkey|
|Notre-Dame de Reims||37.95 m (124.5 ft)||France||This cathedral possesses the record of the world of statues: 2303 stone figurines are represented to it.|
|New York, St John the Divine||37.7 m (124 ft)||USA|
|St Paul's Cathedral, London||37.5 m (123 ft)||United Kingdom||Not vaulted|
|La Plata||37.5 m (123 ft)||Argentina|
|Nantes||37.5 m (123 ft)||France|
|Bourges||37 m (121 ft)||France|
|Chartres||37 m (121 ft)
36.55 m (119.9 ft)
|Basilica of St. Thérèse (Lisieux)||37 m (121 ft)||France|
|Wismar St. Nicolai||37 m (121 ft)||Germany|
|Cathedral of Christ the Saviour||37 m (121 ft)||Russia|
|Liverpool||36.54 m (119.9 ft)||United Kingdom||Highest nave in England|
|Tournai Cathedral||36 m (118 ft)||Belgium||Highest nave in the Low Countries|
|Salamanca||35.4 m (116 ft)||Spain|
|Paris, Notre Dame||35 m (115 ft)
34 m (112 ft)
|Cathedral of Malaga||35 m (115 ft)||Spain|
|Wismar (St. Georgen church)||35 m (115 ft)||Germany|
|Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe Zamora, Michoacán||34 m (112 ft)||Mexico||Tallest neo-gothic church in Mexico, 106 m. Still under construction. Known as the "Incomplete Cathedral" ("La Catedral Inconclusa").|
|Cathedral of Girona||34 m (112 ft)||Spain||Widest gothic nave in the world, 22.98 m, and lower ratio high/wide in gothic architecture|
|Church of Our Lady of The Snow||34 m (112 ft)||Czech Republic||39 m (128 ft) high nave destroyed during Hussite Wars|
|Le Mans||33 m (108 ft)||France|
|Segovia Cathedral||33 m (108 ft)||Spain|
|St. Vitus Cathedral||33 m (108 ft)||Czech Republic|
|Speyer cathedral||33 m (108 ft)||Germany||Highest romanesque vault|
|Stralsund, Marienkirche||32.95 m (108.1 ft)||Germany||World's highest building from 1625 to 1647 (151 m). Today 104 m.|
|St. Mary's Church, Stargard Szczeciński||32.5 m (107 ft)||Poland||Highest nave in Poland|
|Monastery of Batalha||32.5 m (107 ft)||Portugal|
|Glasgow Cathedral||32 m (105 ft)||United Kingdom|
|Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona||32 m (105 ft)||Spain||Greatest separation among pillars in gothic architecture (15 m)|
|Engelbrektskyrkan||32 m (105 ft)||Sweden||Highest nave in Scandinavia|
|Regensburg Cathedral||31.85 m (104.5 ft) ||Germany|
|Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels||31.7 m (104 ft)||United States|
|St. Martin's Cathedral, Utrecht||31.5 m (103 ft)||Netherlands||The nave collapsed during a storm in 1674|
|St. Mary's Church, Rostock||31.5 m (103 ft)||Germany|
|London, Westminster abbey||31 m (102 ft)||United Kingdom|
|Munich Frauenkirche||31 m (102 ft)||Germany|
|York Minster||31 m (102 ft)||United Kingdom|
|Washington National Cathedral||31 m (102 ft)||United States|
|St. John's Cathedral ('s-Hertogenbosch)||29 m (95 ft)||Netherlands|
|Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist||28 m (92 ft)||Czech Republic|
|Uppsala Cathedral||27 m (89 ft)||Sweden|
|Salisbury Cathedral||25.5 m (84 ft)||United Kingdom|
|Lincoln Cathedral||25 m (82 ft)||United Kingdom||A central spire from after 1311 until 1548 had a reputed height of 160 m (520 ft), which would have made the cathedral the tallest structure in the world during the spire's existence.|
|Canterbury Cathedral||24 m (79 ft)||United Kingdom|
|All Saints Cathedral, Halifax||19.5 m (64 ft)||Canada|
Note: The lower part of the list probably has many missing cathedrals.
- Description of the term "nave"
- List of largest churches in the world
- List of tallest churches in the world
- List of tallest church towers
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