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sanctum sanc·to·rum

 (săngk-tôr′əm)
n.
1. Judaism The innermost shrine of a tabernacle and temple; the holy of holies.
2. An inviolably private place: The clubhouse was their sanctum sanctorum.

[Late Latin sānctum sānctōrum (translation of Greek to hagion tōn hagiōn, translation of Hebrew qōdeš haqqodāšîm) : sānctum, holy place + sānctōrum, genitive pl. of sānctum, holy place.]
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sanctum sanctorum

(sæŋkˈtɔːrəm)
n
1. (Judaism) Bible another term for the holy of holies
2. often facetious an especially private place
[C14: from Latin, literally: holy of holies, rendering Hebrew qōdesh haqqodāshīm]
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sanc′tum sanc•to′rum

(sæŋkˈtɔr əm, -ˈtoʊr-)
n.
1. the holy of holies of the Biblical tabernacle and the Temple in Jerusalem.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin]
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sanctum sanctorum

1. the holy of holies; a place of great holiness.
2. a most private place.
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the holy of holies; a place of great holiness.
See also: Sacredness
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sanctum sanctorum

A Latin phrase meaning holy of holies, used to mean a place regarded as private or sacred.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sanctum sanctorum - a place of inviolable privacysanctum sanctorum - a place of inviolable privacy; "he withdrew to his sanctum sanctorum, where the children could never go"
retreat - a place of privacy; a place affording peace and quiet
2.sanctum sanctorum - (Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept
sanctuary - a consecrated place where sacred objects are kept
Tabernacle - (Judaism) a portable sanctuary in which the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant on their exodus
Judaism - the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud
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They are thought to have been taken to Rome in the fourth century AD, where they now lead to the Sancta Sanctorum chapel.
Police said that the arrested belonged to three spinoff clans of the infamous Sicilian Cosa Nostra and were considered the "Sancta Sanctorum" - Holy of Holies - of crime in the Rome area.
Although the Sancta Sanctorum preserved some of the most venerated relics in Rome and a miraculous image of Christ, until the early twentieth century strict rules limiting access to the space made a formal examination of these objects nearly impossible.
In this context, it is not surprising that the Sancta Sanctorum, a medieval chapel that was once part of the papal palace at the Lateran, would generate great interest at the turn of the twentieth century.
Known as the Holy of Holies, the current chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum dates to the time of Nicholas III (1277-1280), who replaced an earlier structure on the site that had been damaged by an earthquake.
Because of this limited access, there are very few detailed descriptions of the Sancta Sanctorum's relics or icon before the early twentieth century.
The French Jesuit Florian Jubaru, a professor in the Collegio Leoniano in Anagni, was the first scholar to receive permission to open the altar of the Sancta Sanctorum; his study of Saint Agnes necessitated an examination of the martyr's head, which was contained in a reliquary found within the chapel.
The passing of Pope Leo XIII in July 1903 and the election of Pope Pius X temporarily delayed work in the Sancta Sanctorum, but in 1905 Hartmann Grisar initiated what would become a long and difficult process of studying, photographing, and publishing the relics and reliquaries of the chapel.