The Landscape Guide

Sacred Grove

It is likely that certain places in particular landscapes were first considered sacred (in the sense of 'believed to be holy; devoted to a deity or used for a religious ceremony'). Demarcated with a line of boulders or an enclosing wall, these places became sanctuaries and were supplied with additional features: a statue of a god, a shelter for the god (a temple), a sacred lake and sacred trees. The term 'sacred grove' can be used for:

  • the landscape in which the sanctuary is located
  • the area of the sanctuary
  • a group of trees within the sanctuary

See sections on Sacred Gardens, Sanctuaries, Egyptian Sanctuaries, Greek Sanctuaries and Roman Sanctuaries. In Japan, whole forests were regarded as sacred to the gods.

Medium tree hill original