Definition of holy place in US English:

holy place


  • 1A place revered as holy, typically one to which religious pilgrimage is made.

    • ‘Israel provides freedom of access to all religious shrines and entrusts the administration of the holy places to their respective religious authorities.’
    • ‘By journeying to a holy place, pilgrims hope to absorb some of the atmosphere and holiness that is attached to a place because of the persons and events associated with it.’
    • ‘I went to the holy places there in Shiraz and Teheran and all that.’
    • ‘It is, therefore, obligatory on every Muslim to respect and revere these holy places.’
    • ‘Every religion engages pilgrimage to holy places.’
    • ‘This is slightly misleading, since elements of both faiths have become intermingled in Nepal, and respect is generally shown to Buddhist shrines as well as Hindu holy places.’
    • ‘Only eight weeks to go to the Annual Pilgrimage to this holy place.’
    • ‘Every religion, as a matter of doctrine or custom, engages in the practice of pilgrimage to holy places.’
    • ‘Colm hopes to lead a pilgrimage to this holy place in June and, if there is enough interest, he would love to organise a Youth Pilgrimage there in July.’
    • ‘Some of you will become more religious and visit holy places.’
    • ‘Over the centuries, billions of Hindus have traveled to the holy places in India.’
    • ‘The thousands of rituals and millions of shrines, temples, and other holy places of many faiths defy categorization here.’
    • ‘Pilgrimages to shrines and holy places at home and abroad attract tens of thousands of people each year.’
    • ‘Interestingly, and not without relevance for present conflicts in the Middle East, Jerusalem is a holy place for Muslims because it was from there that Mohammed was translated heavenwards.’
    • ‘In the country where I'm travelling, Tibet, people believe if they walk long distances to holy places, it purifies the bad deeds they commit.’
    • ‘There is also the Feast of the Sacrifice, which coincides with the annual pilgrimage to the holy places of Mecca and Medina.’
    • ‘By doing this they will ensure that the sacredness and sanctity of these holy places is preserved and respected.’
    • ‘Finally, Mecca was also a holy place for Hindus.’
    • ‘The 1949 Act ensured that this important site was once again given full recognition as a Buddhist holy place.’
    • ‘I want my film to bring about a change in the outlook of people on religion and holy places.’
    temple, church, chapel, tabernacle, altar, sanctuary, sanctum
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    1. 1.1historical The outer chamber of the sanctuary in the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
      • ‘I realized I was probably the first Jew to enter this holy place in over 50 years.’
      • ‘The Veil marked a point of separation, the holy of holies from the holy place, it also separated the high priest from all the other common priests.’
      temple, shrine, tabernacle, altar, sanctum, inner sanctum, holy of holies, sacrarium, bema, naos, adytum
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