A sanctuary is a place where an image or relic, usually religious, is venerated that has special meaning for those who believe in it.  Colloquially we can also refer to spaces where we keep something of value, something that attracts us a lot or that we want to protect, an example could be natural reserves.

Religious and photographic sanctuary

Sanctuary of the Pyrenees: Natural Park of Ordesa


A sanctuary. Every book, every volume you see, has a soul. The soul of the one who wrote it, and the soul of those who read it and lived and dreamed of it. The Angel’s Game“, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Sanctuaries of Sebastiao Salgado: the Galapagos Islands, Indonesia, and the ecosystems of Madagascar

The Holy Cave of Our Lady of Covadonga is a Catholic sanctuary located in Asturias, northern Spain. It is a cave in the Picos de Europa mountains.

Calima / Mist

Sanctuary of dunes: Corralejo Natural Park is an area of ​​unique characteristics, which has a field of sand. (Fuerteventura, Canary Islands)

Wiener Riesenrad

Who has been to Vienna and has not visited the Wiener Riesenrad? A Ferris wheel sanctuary.

Mass at Notre Dame on Our Lady’s Day.

I don’t like sanctuaries too much and, of course, I prefer the natural ones, although, in my opinion, even if it is necessary to protect it, I do not think it is so positive to turn nature into sanctuaries, it would be better if we took care of it a little more and could be preserved without reducing it to contained spaces.

Posted as part of Lens-Artists: Sanctuary


14 thoughts on “Sanctuary

  1. Beautiful photographs Ana and a lovely variety of interpretations of the theme – thank you so much for sharing 💚

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  2. Ana, you’ve shown so many interpretations of sanctuaries – very well done. I agree with you that nature is better left alone such that they provide us with sanctuary without human intervention. That said, you’ve surely shown that human-designed sanctuaries can be beautiful too.

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