Sanctuary
(2,328 words)

1. In Religion

The sanctuary (Lat. sanctus, “sacred, holy”), or holy place, is a central element in religion and its visible form of expression. Even today one can easily identify a geographic region by its sanctuaries (churches in Christian areas, mosques in Muslim, stupas in Buddhist, and temples in Hindu). In this way religion has had an impact on landscape.

The sanctuary may be situated on, in, or by a particular place in nature (a hill, river, fountain, lake, grove, cave, or rock), or it may involv…

Cite this page
Rudolph, Kurt, Stolz, Fritz and Fife, John, “Sanctuary”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 12 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_S.20>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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