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holy of holies

the innermost compartment of the Jewish tabernacle, and later of the Temple, where the Ark was enshrined

Holy of Holies

 

among the ancient Hebrews, the sacred part of the tabernacle (movable sanctuary) and later of the temple of Jerusalem that could be entered only by the high priest and only once a year. According to religious tradition, the ark of the covenant of Moses was preserved in the holy of holies. Metaphorically, it has come to mean that which is most sacred or most treasured.