Some places are so holy or magical that they have the property of protecting those inside the location from harm, either by keeping out ghosts, demons, or other supernatural beings, or by preventing any sort of violence or evil from occuring there.

This might be because a spell was placed on the location or simply because the [[HolyGround place is inherently sacred]]. In mythology, many places that are considered holy ground, such as churches and graveyards, have the ability to keep out undead or evil spirits.

If a character is merely trying to invoke the symbolism of a place, most likely a church, they are SeekingSanctuary.

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!!Examples:

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* In ''{{Berserk}}'', Schierke is able to set up a massive defensive spell over a church... because the church had been built over a sanctuary to one of the elemental spirits.
* In ''Anime/HighlanderTheSearchForVengeance'' immortals are not allowed to fight on holy ground (just like in the live-action ''Highlander'' films). In one scene an immortal refuses to put his weapon away while standing on holy ground, and he is immediately struck by lightning.
* Mount Hakurei in Manga/InuYasha is a place so holy demons are purified just by setting foot on it. [[spoiler: The BigBad Naraku hides within the mountain using its holy barrier by placing the [[RevenantZombie undead monk]] who keeps the barrier under MoreThanMindControl.]]

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[[folder: Children's Games ]]

* Some variations of Tag - you know, that game where you run around until whoever is "it" tags you - have safe areas or similar.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* DC Comics' ComicBook/BlueDevil is a devout Catholic, who also happens to be a demon. The result is a blue guy being immolated by holy fire every time he goes to church. You'd think either he'd take this as a sign or God would arrange some kind of waiver after a while.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Any 'sacred ground' in the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' 'verse might fit, though it is unclear whether it's an actual place of protection or they won't fight there because of their rules.
** The series seems to imply that it's only a rule.
* ''Film/{{Warlock}}'' (1989). The title BigBad is a Satanic creature who can't set foot on holy ground.
* In ''Tribulation'' from the {{Film/Apocalypse}} film series, Tom Canboro is being chased through a hospital by a One Nation Earth agent who uses his mind powers to close all doors in the hallway so his prey cannot escape — all except for one room that Tom enters, which turns out to be a chapel which provides for him a means of escape.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* [[Creator/JRRTolkien Tolkien]] has a few examples:
** The Girdle of Melian in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.
** Rivendell and Lothlórien in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' [[spoiler: because each is secretly protected by one of the Three Rings, though you wouldn't know it from the film version...]]
* AndreNorton's ''WitchWorld'' novels, particularly the High Hallack cycle. Some areas have a benevolent aura which prevents evil creatures from entering.
** The ''Witch World'' series also has examples of the inversion of this trope -- stones and circles that are so overwhelmingly ''evil'' that they are not safe places to be near.
* Creator/SusanCooper's ''Literature/TheDarkIsRising'' series book ''The Dark Is Rising''. The Old Ways (ancient roads) can be commanded to expel creatures of the Dark from them and prevent such creatures from passing over them.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' churches act as these against unholy creatures. It's indicated that the significance of the church controls how difficult it is to enter it.
** Homes also get a sort of this as any creature of Nevernever must either use mirrors or reflections to weaken the protection or be invited inside. Even wizards are weakened if they come in uninvited.
* The city of Petra in the LeftBehind books is a safe haven for Israelis and believers, due to God's protection over the city from Global Community forces.
* The Wizard Tower and many so-caled Safe Chambers in ''Literature/SeptimusHeap'' serve this purpose in ''Darke''.
* The Earth Wife's Lodge in the Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath. Characters frequently arrive there pursued by enemies, or barely ahead of a natural disaster, but as soon as they're in and the door closes behind them, they're safe. Makes perfect sense, [[spoiler: because the Earth Wife is a goddess, one of the Four who embody the elements of Rathillien. So of course her house is open to those she wants to help, and not to their enemies.]]

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* One episode of ''Series/DoctorWho'' sees the gang take refuge in a church...magically shielded not by any holy powers, but simply because the monsters of the day were agents of time. Older things have more history and thus take more time for the creatures to penetrate, and the centuries-old church was the oldest thing around.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** In [[Recap/SupernaturalS01E13RouteSixSixSix "Route 666" (S01, Ep13)]], a ghost truck is destroyed when it chases Dean on to the hallowed ground of a burnt down church.
** The Men in Letters bunker is warded against almost all supernatural creatures.

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* ''DungeonsAndDragons''
** Has various spells in each edition to create an area like this as well as evil equivalents, presumably in case a player wants to build their own graveyard. It also strengthens certain undead created in the area.
** Adventure S4 ''The Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth'' had an area where wandering monsters wouldn't attack the {{PC}} party.
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' supplement ''Fragments of Fear'', adventure "Valley of the Four Shrines". In the valley there's a path surrounding a lake with the magical property of preventing zombies from passing over it. This protects the human fishing village from being destroyed by zombie attack.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In the ''VideoGame/QuestForGlory'' series of games, places where [[FriendToAllLivingThings Erana]] has been are protected by her magic, and are safe havens for the hero to sleep at night. The town in the first game also has her spell cast over it, preventing any violence from occuring there, except for in the back of the alley and the graveyard.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''/''Yellow'' Lavender Tower had a "purified" area near the top which restored all your {{mon}}'s health and PP. It implied it was simply enchanted to keep ghost pokemon out, allowing the player to rest (since other such non-Pokecentre "heal" points tended to be beds).
* CircleMUD has PEACEFUL rooms, which prevent anyone from attacking anything there. Often used for rest areas, shops, and so on.
* Save Points in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
* Safe Zones in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks''. Phantoms can't see or enter them, and time doesn't drain from the Phantom Hourglass when Link is in one.
* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'' Light's Hope Chapel weakens the Lich King because of the souls of all the heroes buried beneath it.
** PVP combat is disabled in "Sanctuary" cities shared by Alliance and Horde

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, just off the campus of SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy, is 'The Grove', a GeniusLoci forest which physically keeps out the unwanted and attacks undesired visitors, while protecting beings it wants (like [[TheFairFolk Fey]]). Students and security forces are warned not to try to go in there, at their own peril.

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsTheLegendOfSmurfyHollow The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow]]'', the covered bridge serves as one from the Headless Horseman for the Smurfs as well as for Gargamel and Azrael — that is, until Gargamel decides to [[DoNotTauntCthulhu taunt the Headless Horseman]]. The Headless Horseman cannot cross the bridge, but he can still throw a flaming pumpkin into it.

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