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In Romanesque and Gothic Christian abbey, cathedralbasilica and church architecture, the nave is the main body of the church. It provides the central approach to the high altar. The term nave, from medieval Latinnavis (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 may be flanked by lower side-aisles separated from the nave by an arcade. If the aisles are high and of a width comparable to the central nave, the structure is sometimes said to have three naves.