Look how glorious the nave of the cathedral looks decked out for a huge dinner party!

It was only when I was preparing to conduct a tour of Chichester Cathedral in German, did I realise where the term ‘nave’ came from! In German the ‘nave’ is ‘Hauptschiff’ – this actually means the main central part of a ship!

The term nave is from navis, the Latin word for ship, an early Christian symbol of the Church. Maybe there is a connection to the “ship of St. Peter ” or the Ark of Noah. The word my also have come from the idea that the heart of the cathedral is rather like the central body of a ship