Adytum



(in ancient worship) a sacred place that the public was forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.
the most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship.
Historical Examples

Author’s hospitable reception there, and admission to the adytum, 119.
An Account of Timbuctoo and Housa Territories in the Interior of Africa Abd Salam Shabeeny

I must find him: I must continue my lessons: I must lead him into the adytum of Wisdom.
The Last Days of Pompeii Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

Taboaa, temple of the time of Rameses II., with avenue of sphinxes; the adytum is cut in the rock, the rest built.
The Overland Guide-book James Barber

Two of the biggest, sir, stood in the adytum to form the baldachin over the Ark.
Sixes and Sevens O. Henry

Thence we reach the pronaos or portico, after which we enter the cell, divided into the naos and adytum.
A Manual of the Historical Development of Art G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi

Behind the adytum are small rooms for the priests who served in the temple.
Cleopatra’s Needle James King

Nobody was admitted here, except the initiates of the mysteries of the adytum.
From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky

adytum, ad′i-tum, n. the most sacred part of a heathen temple: the chancel of a church:—pl.
Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D) Various

The adytum itself consists of three apartments, entirely of granite.
The Overland Guide-book James Barber

Within the adytum of an Egyptian temple we might have found “an ox wallowing on purple tapestry.”
The Expositor’s Bible: The First Book of Kings F. W. Farrar

noun (pl) -ta (-tə)
the most sacred place of worship in an ancient temple from which the laity was prohibited

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