sanctum sanctorum

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sanctum sanctorum

1. The innermost sanctuary of a temple, particularly the tabernacle in the Temple of Jerusalem, which housed the Ark of the Covenant. The Latin phrase translates to "holy of holies." The sanctum sanctorum is a very sacred place—it's where the Ark of the Covenant was kept.
2. By extension, any place that is regarded as very private and sacred. The basement is my sanctum sanctorum, and I'm trying to relax down here, so take your drama somewhere else.
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That is the time, after your Departure is taken, when the spirit of your commander communes with you in a muffled voice, as if from the sanctum sanctorum of a temple; because, call her a temple or a "hell afloat" - as some ships have been called - the captain's state-room is surely the august place in every vessel.
Now, had Tashtego perished in that head, it had been a very precious perishing; smothered in the very whitest and daintiest of fragrant spermaceti; coffined, hearsed, and tombed in the secret inner chamber and sanctum sanctorum of the whale.
Reuter turned her eye laterally on me, to ascertain, probably, whether I was collected enough to be ushered into her sanctum sanctorum. I suppose she judged me to be in a tolerable state of self-government, for she opened the door, and I followed her through.
The dry-room, this pantheon, this sanctum sanctorum of the tulip-fancier, was, as Delphi of old, interdicted to the profane uninitiated.
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Involuntarily he glanced up and around to see if there were any trace of those opportune levin-flashes and thunderbolts which, in the "Acta Sanctorum," were wont so often to cut short the loose talk of the scoffer.
I enter a swamp as a sacred place,-- a sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature.
Derived from the Vitae sanctorum of the 16th - century monk Surius, the play is set in Armenia in the early Christian era.
The water entered the shrine, dedicated to Lord Shiva submerging the sanctum sanctorum under several feet of water.
Long queues of devotees could be seen waiting to offer prayers inside the sanctum sanctorum. People braved the early morning chill to offer prayers at gurdwaras.
Speaking to the media, senior Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Valsan Thillenkeri from Kannur who was seen speaking on the megaphone standing near the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, said he had come as a pilgrim.
Fathima, a model and activist who was part of the 'Kiss of Love' movement in Kochi in 2014 against alleged moral policing, was among the two women who had reached the hilltop, but had to return before reaching the sanctum sanctorum following massive protests by Ayyappa devotees.
According to (http://www.slashfilm.com/doctor-strange-thor-ragnarok/) Slash Film , Doctor Strange will be teaming up with Thor and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) as they face off against intergalactic villains "both familiar and new." In the "Doctor Strange" end-credits scene, Thor was seen talking to Strange in the Sanctum Sanctorum. Strange promised to help Thor locate Loki (Tom Hiddleston) so they can finally return to Asgard.
The temple has a dome-shaped sanctum sanctorum. It was built with stone, mortar and mini-sized bricks during the Islamic era, according to the priest, Surinder Kumar, who is in his late seventies.
At Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra, hundreds of women who were on their way to enter its sanctum sanctorum were prevented by the police.