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Oxford dictionary definition of the word sanctuary:
noun (plural sanctuaries)
1 [mass noun] refuge or safety from pursuit, persecution, or other danger:
his sons took sanctuary in the church
she thought of her room as a sanctuary
2a nature reserve:
a bird sanctuary
a place where injured or unwanted animals of a specified kind are cared for:
a donkey sanctuary
3a holy place; a temple:
the sanctuaries of Apollo and Athena
the inmost recess or holiest part of a temple:
the inner sanctuary where the reliquary was kept
the part of the chancel of a church containing the high altar.
Middle English (in sense 3): from Old French sanctuaire, from Latin sanctuarium, from sanctus ‘holy’. Early use in reference to a church or other sacred place where a fugitive was immune, by the law of the medieval Church, from arrest, gave rise to sense 1, sense 2