List of highest church naves

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Relative size of churches

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.[1] 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[2] separated from the nave by an arcade.

Beauvais 47m
Vatican City 46 m
Milan 45 m
Licheń Stary 44 m
Palma 44 m
Cologne 43.35 m
Amiens 42.3 m
Metz 41.41 m
Munich 31 m
Spokane 24.3 m
# Cathedral/Church Nave height (meters) City Country Comment
1 Beauvais Cathedral 47.5 m (156 ft)[3] Beauvais France The "Parthenon of French Gothic", only one bay of the nave was built, but choir and transepts were completed to the same height.
2 St. Peter's Basilica 46 m (151 ft)[4]

45 m (148 ft)[5]

Vatican City Vatican City
3 Milan Cathedral 45 m (148 ft) Milan Italy
3 Florence Cathedral 45 m (148 ft) Florence Italy
3 Sagrada Família 45 m (148 ft)[6] Barcelona 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.
3 Santa Chiara 45 m (148 ft) Naples Italy
3 San Petronio Basilica 45 m (148 ft) Bologna Italy
8 Basilica of Our Lady of Licheń 44 m (144 ft) Licheń Stary Poland Highest nave in Poland, wide 77m. The highest point inside church (Dome-presbytery) have 85 meters high
8 Palma Cathedral 44 m (144 ft)[7][8] Palma 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)
10 Cologne Cathedral 43.35 m (142.2 ft)[9] Cologne Germany Highest height to width ratio of any nave
11 Amiens Cathedral 42.3 m (139 ft)[10] Amiens France
12 Seville Cathedral 42 m (138 ft)[11] Seville Spain Ranked as largest medieval Gothic church
13 Metz Cathedral 41.41 m (135.9 ft) Metz France Largest glass surface
14 St Bartholomew's Church 41.15 m (135.0 ft)[12] Brighton United Kingdom Highest nave in the UK, not vaulted (wooden wagon roof).
15 Ulm Münster 41 m (135 ft)[13] Ulm Germany
16 Narbonne Cathedral 41 m (135 ft)

40.1 m (132 ft)[14]

Narbonne France Only the great choir of this French gothic cathedral has been built
17 Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida 40 m (130 ft) Aparecida Brazil Third biggest church in the world. Biggest temple of all Americas.
18 St. Mary's Church 38.5 m (126 ft) Lübeck Germany Highest brick vault in the world.
19 Hagia Sophia 38 m (125 ft)[10] Istanbul Turkey
20 Reims Cathedral 37.95 m (124.5 ft)[10] Reims France This cathedral possesses the record of the world of statues: 2303 stone figurines are represented to it.
21 Cathedral of Saint John the Divine 37.7 m (124 ft)[15] New York City United States
22 St Paul's Cathedral 37.5 m (123 ft) London United Kingdom
22 Cathedral of La Plata 37.5 m (123 ft) La Plata Argentina
22 Nantes Cathedral 37.5 m (123 ft) Nantes France
25 Bourges Cathedral 37 m (121 ft)[10] Bourges France
25 Chartres Cathedral 37 m (121 ft)
36.55 m (119.9 ft)[10]
Chartres France
25 Basilica of St. Thérèse 37 m (121 ft) Lisieux France
25 St Nicholas 37 m (121 ft) Wismar Germany
25 Cathedral of Christ the Saviour 37 m (121 ft)[16] Moscow Russia
30 Liverpool Cathedral 36.54 m (119.9 ft) Liverpool United Kingdom
31 Tournai Cathedral 36 m (118 ft) Tournai Belgium Highest nave in the Low Countries
32 New Cathedral 35.4 m (116 ft) Salamanca Spain
33 Notre Dame 35 m (115 ft)[17]
34 m (112 ft)[18][19]
Paris France
33 Málaga Cathedral 35 m (115 ft) Málaga Spain
33 St. George church 35 m (115 ft) Wismar Germany
36 Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe 34 m (112 ft)[20] Zamora de Hidalgo Mexico Tallest neo-gothic church in Mexico, 106 m. Still under construction. Known as the "Incomplete Cathedral" ("La Catedral Inconclusa").
36 Girona Cathedral 34 m (112 ft) Girona Spain Widest gothic nave in the world, 22.98 m, and lower ratio high/wide in gothic architecture
36 Church of Our Lady of the Snows 34 m (112 ft)[21] Prague Czech Republic 39 m (128 ft) high nave destroyed during Hussite Wars
39 Le Mans Cathedral 33 m (108 ft) Le Mans France
39 Segovia Cathedral 33 m (108 ft)[22] Segovia Spain
39 St. Vitus Cathedral 33 m (108 ft)[23] Prague Czech Republic
39 Speyer Cathedral 33 m (108 ft) Speyer Germany Highest romanesque vault
43 St. Mary's church 32.95 m (108.1 ft) Stralsund Germany World's highest building from 1625 to 1647 (151 m). Today 104 m.
44 St. Mary's Church 32.5 m (107 ft) Stargard Szczeciński Poland Secound highest nave in Poland
44 Batalha Monastery 32.5 m (107 ft)[24] Batalha Portugal
47 Ely Cathedral 32 m (105 ft) Ely United Kingdom
47 Glasgow Cathedral 32 m (105 ft) Glasgow United Kingdom
47 Santa Maria del Mar 32 m (105 ft) Barcelona Spain Greatest separation among pillars in gothic architecture (15 m)
47 Engelbrekt Church 32 m (105 ft) Stockholm Sweden Highest nave in Scandinavia
50 Regensburg Cathedral 31.85 m (104.5 ft)[25] Regensburg Germany
51 Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels 31.7 m (104 ft) Los Angeles United States
52 St. Martin's Cathedral 31.5 m (103 ft) Utrecht Netherlands The nave collapsed during a storm in 1674
52 St. Mary's Church 31.5 m (103 ft) Rostock Germany
54 St Bavo's Cathedral 31.1 m (102 ft)[26] Ghent Belgium
55 Westminster Abbey 31 m (102 ft)[27] London United Kingdom
55 Munich Frauenkirche 31 m (102 ft) Munich Germany
55 York Minster 31 m (102 ft) York United Kingdom
55 St. Olaf's Church 31 m (102 ft)[28] Tallinn Estonia
55 Washington National Cathedral 31 m (102 ft) Washington, D.C. United States
60 Archbasilica of St. John Lateran 30 m (98 ft) Rome Italy
61 St. John's Cathedral 29 m (95 ft) 's-Hertogenbosch Netherlands
62 Church of the Assumption of Our Lady and Saint John the Baptist 28 m (92 ft)[29] Kutná Hora Czech Republic
63 Cathedral of Our Lady (Antwerp) 28 m (92 ft)[30] Antwerp Belgium
64 St. Rumbold's Cathedral 28 m (92 ft) Mechelen Belgium Height mentioned on the Dutch Wikipedia article without source.
65 Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia 28 m (92 ft)[31] Barcelona Spain
66 Lancing College Chapel 27.4 m (90 ft)[32] Lancing United Kingdom
67 Uppsala Cathedral 27 m (89 ft)[33] Uppsala Sweden
68 Salisbury Cathedral 25.5 m (84 ft)[34] Salisbury United Kingdom
69 Lincoln Cathedral 25 m (82 ft)[35] Lincoln 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.
70 Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist 24.3 m (80 ft) Spokane United States
71 Canterbury Cathedral 24 m (79 ft) Canterbury United Kingdom Nave is 80 feet (24 metres) with a crossing height of 92 feet (28 metres), and a tower that is 169 feet (52 metres) tall
72 All Saints Cathedral 19.5 m (64 ft) Halifax Canada

Note: The lower part of the list probably has many missing cathedrals. For example, St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne - 24.3 metres

See also[edit]

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