sanctuary-n; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: a consecrated, sacred or holy place

Commentary: SANCTUARY[+location][+area][+sacred][+temple/+alter/+burial_ground]

We covered our heads with scarves to enter the inner sanctuary of the temple.
Large candelabra were lit in the sanctuary of the church's alter.
Visitors may not bring food or drink into this ancient burial sanctuary.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 3

Sense Number 2: a protected locale, a refuge from harm

Commentary: SANCTUARY[+location][+area][+protected][+refuge]

There are a number of spectacular bird sanctuaries on the island of Trinidad.
The abandoned textile mill became our sanctuary for the night during the snowstorm.
People instinctively look for sanctuaries in times of danger or trouble.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: a state of protection or immunity from harm

Commentary: SANCTUARY[+state][+protection][-harm]
NOTE: focus is on the state or condition of the subject, not a locale. (see Sense 2)

He has been given sanctuary in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
She found sanctuary in the teachings of the Buddha.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1b