sanctuaryˈsæŋk tʃuˌɛr i
a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
refuge, sanctuary, asylum (noun)
a shelter from danger or hardship
chancel, sanctuary, bema (noun)
area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing
A place of safety, refuge or protection.
An area set aside for protection.
A state of being protected, asylum.
The consecrated (or sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar.
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.