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Nails
Nails were an instrument of Jesus' crucifixion, and are therefore symbolic of His Passion. Nails usually appear in sets of three to identify Christ as a member of the Trinity.

Narthex
See Cathedral Floor Plan.

Nave
See Cathedral Floor Plan.

Nimbus
In art the nimbus, or halo, is often placed behind the head of religious figures. The nimbus is sometimes a simple circle, which represents eternity or eternal life. A circle with three rays is symbolic of the Trinity, and is reserved for representations of the Godhead, especially of Christ. The same idea is sometimes represented with a triangular nimbus.

Noah's Ark
Noah's ark is symbolic of God's judgment on sin and His promise of salvation and provision for His people. It is a powerful Old Testament type of God's promised Savior, Jesus Christ.

Gen. 7:1 The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation. 2 Take with you seven(n) of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate, 3 and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth. 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made." (NIV)