Features and Overview
The Elemental Sanctuary is the gateway between the Minish Realm and Hyrule. The entrance to the Elemental Sanctuary is located within the courtyard of Hyrule Castle and opens only once every hundred years. Apparently, it is only visible to children, and as such, not many even know of its existence. In the center of the main room stands a pedestal for infusing the Four Elements into the White Sword to create the Four Sword. A hidden room in the back also contains a set of stained glass windows which tell the story of the Light Force, the Hero of Men, and the Picori Blade.
After Link defeats Vaati Transfigured at the top of Dark Hyrule Castle, he then has to defeat Vaati's Wrath in a room that can be accessed by the original entrance of the Elemental Sanctuary. After Link has defeated Vaati's final form, the entrance of the Elemental Sanctuary will close.
Link may enter the Elemental Sanctuary near the beginning of the game before obtaining the reforged White Sword along with the Earth and Fire Elements. This can first be done after Princess Zelda is turned into stone. However, because Link cannot duplicate himself without these items, he is unable to activate the buttons that allow him to reopen the entrance door, leaving him permanently stuck inside the Sanctuary.
The Elemental Sanctuary appears in The Minish Cap and the entrance closes by the end of the game. However, the Four Sword Sanctuary, the altar where Vaati is sealed in Four Swords and Four Swords Adventures, looks like the Elemental Sanctuary and even contains the Four Elements on their pedestals.
- "There were four elements hidden around the world that Link needed to obtain and then place on the pedestal in the Elemental Sanctuary to restore the sacred power to the blade." (Hyrule Historia (Dark Horse Books), pg. 80)
- "The elemental sanctuary exists between the human world and the Minish world. Here, let me explain with a little example: in a ham sandwich... the elemental sanctuary would be the ham between the two slices of bread!" — Ezlo (The Minish Cap)