The most important part of the ancient Egyptian temple complex was the Sanctuary, which typically contained several sacred spaces and rooms as well as a statue of its god or goddess in a shrine deep within the holiest area of the Sanctuary.
From the Late Prehistoric times (4000 BC), the ancient Egyptians built shrines to house the images of their gods and goddesses protecting them from the chaotic human realm. The Egyptian priests and priestesses performed a variety of rituals including giving offerings to the gods, reenacting their mythological stories at festivals, and conducted magical rituals to ward off the forces of chaos. These rituals were seen as necessary for the gods and goddesses to continue to uphold Maat – the divine order of the universe. The ritual duties were the responsibility of the priests, priestesses and initiates; most of the populace was excluded from direct participation in certain magical ceremonies and forbidden to enter the Sanctuary’s most sacred areas.
The Iseum is blessed with sacred spaces located throughout the United States. These properties are dedicated in perpetuity as conservation easements to serve as Sanctuaries and Shrines. Conservation easements administered by Iseum Sanctuary preserve and protect the natural world, which ultimately is our true place of worship; as well as serve as refuges of rescue for our members, animals, and those in need.
The following pictures show several of our sacred spaces: