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Nave vs. Chancel

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Main Difference

The main difference between Nave and Chancel is that the Nave is a main body of a church and Chancel is a space around the altar of a traditional Christian church

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  • Nave (noun)

    The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances.

  • Nave (noun)

    A hub of a wheel.

  • Nave (noun)

    The navel.

  • Chancel (noun)

    The space around the altar in a church, often enclosed, for use by the clergy and the choir. In medieval cathedrals the chancel was usually enclosed or blocked off from the nave by an altar screen.

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Oxford Dictionary
  • Nave (noun)

    The block in the center of a wheel, from which the spokes radiate, and through which the axle passes; - called also hub or hob.

  • Nave (noun)

    The navel.

  • Nave (noun)

    The middle or body of a church, extending from the transepts to the principal entrances, or, if there are no transepts, from the choir to the principal entrance, but not including the aisles.

  • Chancel (noun)

    That part of a church, reserved for the use of the clergy, where the altar, or communion table, is placed.

Webster Dictionary
  • Nave (noun)

    the central area of a church

  • Chancel (noun)

    area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing

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