Basilica of St. Denis--page 3 (of ten pages): nave interior


The Rayonnant nave

The three-story nave elevation has a narrow triforium between the arcade and clerestory. While the nave is not as high as many Gothic cathedrals, the effect of light is striking since the triforium is also glazed with stained glass. The bar tracery, seen also in the rose windows below, provides a slender, linear effect. Simple quadripartite vaulting is used rather than the more common Gothic sexpartite vaults.

The nave toward the entrance, toward the choir, and the cruciform pier


The nave elevation


Side aisles


The north arm of the transept and crossing

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