What is sanctuary?

  • (noun): A shelter from danger or hardship.
    Synonyms: refuge, asylum
    See also — Additional definitions below


A sanctuary, in its original meaning, is a sacred place, such as a shrine. By the use of such places as a safe haven, by extension the term has come to be used for any place of safety. This secondary use can be categorized into human sanctuary, a safe place for humans, such as a political sanctuary; and non-human sanctuary, such as an animal or plant sanctuary.

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Some articles on sanctuary:

Mount Abu Wildlife Sanctuary - Fauna
... including highly rare, threatened and endangered species are found in this sanctuary ... The sanctuary provides an ideal habitat for the sloth bear too ... are found here, but the speciality of the Abu sanctuary is the grey jungle fowl ...
Heavenly Sanctuary - Official Position
... Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary There is a sanctuary in heaven, the true tabernacle which the Lord set up and not man ... by the cleansing of the ancient Hebrew sanctuary on the Day of Atonement ... In that typical service the sanctuary was cleansed with the blood of animal sacrifices, but the heavenly things are purified with the perfect sacrifice of the blood of Jesus ...
Hiram Edson - The Great Disappointment
... In this vision, Edson came to understand that "the cleansing of the sanctuary" meant that Jesus was moving from the Holy Place to the Most Holy ... coming out of the Most Holy of the heavenly sanctuary to come to this earth on the tenth day of the seventh month, at the end of the 2300 days, He for the first time ... by Crosier, Hahn and Edson led to a new understanding about the sanctuary in heaven ...
Heraion Of Perachora
... of Perachora (Greek Ηραίον) was a sanctuary of the goddess Hera situated in a small cove of the Corinthian gulf at the end of the Perachora peninsula ... The Sanctuary of Hera at Perchora is located 14.2 km NNW of Ancient Corinth, and 75.9 km W of Athens ... Although there is debate between Argos, Megara and Corinth, the sanctuary was probably under the control of Corinth, as it faced the harbors of that powerful city across the Corinthian gulf ...
Sanctuary, Texas - Education
... The Town of Sanctuary is served by the Azle Independent School District. ...

More definitions of "sanctuary":

  • (noun): Area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing.
    Synonyms: chancel, bema
  • (noun): A consecrated place where sacred objects are kept.

Famous quotes containing the word sanctuary:

    He took the props down used for propping open,
    And set them up again for propping shut,
    The widespread double doors two stories high.
    The advantage-disadvantage of these doors
    Was that tramp taking sanctuary there
    Must leave them unlocked to betray his presence.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    There is immunity in reading, immunity in formal society, in office routine, in the company of old friends and in the giving of officious help to strangers, but there is no sanctuary in one bed from the memory of another. The past with its anguish will break through every defence-line of custom and habit; we must sleep and therefore we must dream.
    Cyril Connolly (1903–1974)

    If the veil were withdrawn from the sanctuary of domestic life, and man could look upon the fear, the loathing, the detestations which his tyranny and reckless gratification of self has caused to take the place of confiding love, which placed a woman in his power, he would shudder at the hideous wrong of the present regulations of the domestic abode.
    Lydia Jane Pierson, U.S. women’s rights activist and corresponding editor of The Woman’s Advocate. The Woman’s Advocate, represented in The Lily, pp. 117-8 (1855-1858 or 1860)