What does the word sanctuary mean?

Usage examples for sanctuary

  1. Their first sanctuary was the principal chapel of the hospital of S. Maria Nuova, which was granted them by the family of the Portinari. – The Lives of the Painters, Sculptors & Architects, Volume 1 (of 8) by Giorgio Vasari
  2. He thought of flying to the Pasteur, but remembered that to do so, first he must get out of bed, and perhaps expose his bare legs to the assault of ghostly hands, and next that, to reach the chamber of Monsieur and Madame Boiset, he must pass through the sanctuary of the room occupied by Juliette. – Love Eternal by H. Rider Haggard
  3. I left my banner in the sanctuary, Never, oh, never, will I touch it more! – The Maid of Orleans A Tragedy by Frederich Schiller