Tonight, the cavernous nave of Saint-Sulpice was as silent as a tomb, the only hint of life the faint smell of incense from mass earlier that evening.
Its long central section—the nave—led directly to the main altar, where it was transversely intersected by a shorter section, known as the transept.
The intersection of nave and transept occurred directly beneath the main cupola and was considered the heart of the church… her most sacred and mystical point.
On the back, Collet found notations scrawled in English, describing a cathedral’s long hollow nave as a secret pagan tribute to a woman’s womb.
Unlike most churches, however, it had its entrance on the side, rather than the standard rear of the church via the narthex at the bottom of the nave.
Sophie drew a startled breath as she looked down the length of the abbey’s nave, the full magnitude of the building now visible.
At that moment, a hundred yards down the nave, out of sight behind the choir screen, the stately tomb of Sir Isaac Newton had a lone visitor.
Pacing now near the corner of the choir screen, he took a deep breath and glanced up the long nave toward the main altar in the distance.
Langdon and Sophie moved slowly down the north aisle, keeping to the shadows behind the ample pillars that separated it from the open nave.
Despite having traveled more than halfway down the nave, they still had no clear view of Newton’s tomb.
The entire section of the nave near Newton’s tomb was deserted.
Sophie turned and scanned the nave.
Taking several steps back from the tomb, Langdon peered around the choir screen to his right, across the nave to the side opposite that which they had descended.
A dramatic, circular edifice with a daunting facade, a central turret, and a protruding nave off one side, the church looked more like a military stronghold than a place of worship.
Crossing the massive nave on a diagonal, Langdon and Sophie remained silent as the elaborate sepulchre revealed itself in tantalizing increments… a black-marble sarcophagus… a reclining statue of Newton… two winged boys… a huge pyramid… and… an enormous orb.
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She remembered her in the nave of the Institute, a dark-haired boy clinging to her wrist.