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An aisle is a passage on either sides of a nave in a basilican church. It is narrower than the nave and is usually separated from it by a row of columns or arches. The purpose of aisles is to enlarge the interior of a church beyond the nave.

The aisle roof is lower than that of the nave. In Syria, North Africa, and Europe it formed a lean-to, but in Egypt it was usually flat.

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