Illustrated Architecture Dictionary

Nave

The central aisle; the part of a church located between the chief entrance and the chancel, and separated from the side aisles by piers or columns

This is the area where the congregation sits in pews.

Latin: "navis" = ship (an early symbol of the church)

See Vocabulary - Churches


Examples from Buffalo architecture:
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Photos and their arrangement 2011 Chuck LaChiusa
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