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Sanctuary (A Link to the Past)

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Sanctuary (A Link to the Past)
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The Sanctuary is a location in A Link to the Past.[1] Located north of Hyrule Castle, it is home of the Loyal Sage.

Features and Overview

After Link rescues Princess Zelda from her prison in Hyrule Castle, he uses a secret tunnel to take her to the Sanctuary. She remains there with the Loyal Sage, hiding from Agahnim.[2] However, when the hero withdraws the Master Sword from its pedestal, the Sanctuary is attacked by soldiers.[3] When Link reaches the Sanctuary, he finds the wounded Loyal Sage lying on the ground. The sage informs the him that the princess was kidnapped and taken back to the castle so Agahnim could use her to open the Seven Sages' seal.[4]

The Sanctuary is last seen during the ending credits, showing that the Loyal Sage has fully recovered from his wounds.

Non-Canon Appearances

A Link to the Past (Ishinomori)

In the A Link to the Past comic by Shotaro Ishinomori, Link and Princess Zelda reach the Sanctuary after escaping Hyrule Castle through the Sewer Passage. Upon reaching the Sanctuary, the Old Man living there explains the consequences of Agahnim's plan.[5] However, Agahnim suddenly appears and commands that Zelda return to the castle.[6] Although Link steps in to protect the princess, the wizard easily defeats him when the hero tries to attack him. As he takes Zelda away, she reveals to Link that only the Master Sword can harm Agahnim.[7] The hero then rushes out of the Sanctuary to find the legendary Sword.[8]


In the Japanese version, the location is named 教会 (Church). Nintendo of America changed it to Sanctuary in accordance with its policy on religious content.[citation needed] Nintendo of Europe mostly followed suit for its localizations, with the exception of the German one, which uses the term Kathedrale (Cathedral).

TMC Forest Minish Artwork.png Names in Other Regions TMC Jabber Nut Sprite.png
Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 教会 (Kyōkai) Church
French-speaking countries French Sanctuaire Sanctuary
Federal Republic of Germany German Kathedrale Cathedral
Italian Republic Italian Tempio (ALttP&FS)
Santuario Triforce piece.png


See Also


  1. Encyclopedia (Dark Horse Books) pg. 229
  2. "The two of you cannot stay together, so I shall hide Princess Zelda here." — Loyal Sage (A Link to the Past)
  3. "Link! Help! The soldiers are coming to the Sanctuary! AIEEEEEEE! ... ... ..." — Princess Zelda (A Link to the Past)
  4. "Link! You are a second too late. I have failed... Zelda... The soldiers have abducted her. They have taken her to the castle. You must find her before the wizard works his magic. Please...You are our only hope..." — Loyal Sage (A Link to the Past)
  5. "Yes...and were he successful, the master of evil would marshal his forces against this world again!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power) pg. 14)
  6. "Princess Zelda... Come back to the castle quietly! Even if you run to the ends of Hyrule, you will not escape me!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power) pg. 15)
  7. "It's no use fighting Agahnim with an ordinary sword! You need the Master Sword of legends past!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power) pg. 17)
  8. "There's just one thing! The Master Sword--where is it?!" (A Link to the Past comic (Nintendo Power) pg. 18)
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