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Temple of Light

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The Temple of Light is the only known place in the Sacred Realm in OoT. It's also the place where the Six Sages remain, where their powers increase.



Very little is known about the Temple of Light. Link only visits it six times. The best (and only) known place of this Temple is the Chamber of Sages. From this room, the Six Sages can gather their powers to seal the Evil King Ganondorf.

The Temple of Light is situated in the very centre of the Sacred Realm and the resting place of the Triforce. Its power seems great, since it can resist magically to Ganondorf's evil monsters, that have already conquered both Hyrule and the Sacred Realm. This Temple is controlled by its only known inhabitant, Rauru, the Sage of Light.

The construction of the temple

Although many assume that Rauru (or the Ancient Sages) was the builder of the Temple of Light, there is no reason to even think that it has been built, since the Chamber of Sages doesn't look to be a normal construction. A clue for how the temple was As Zelda says:

The resting place of the sacred triangle, the  
Sacred Realm, is a mirror that reflects what is in 
the heart...
the heart of one who enters it...
If an evil heart, the Realm will become full of 
evil; if pure, the Realm will become a paradise.

Maybe the Temple is nothing more than the reflection of Rauru's (or Link's) heart. But this raises more questions: Why doesn't the Temple change when Ganondorf enters to the Realm? Why doesn't it change when each Sage is awakened an appears in the Chamber of Sages?

Because of this problems, this possibility can be ruled out. The power of the Triforce might be the solution: although many assume it was never used before Ganondorf takes it, it's possible that the Ancient Sages, after building the Temple of Time, also used the power of the Triforce to create a place where it would remain forever.

Has Ganon ever lived inside the Temple of Light?

After Ganondorf got the Triforce in OoT, the Sacred Realm converted into a world of monsters. After that, the Seven Sages sealed him inside the Evil Realm, what the Sacred Realm had become. This Evil Realm is the same Dark World from ALttP. Because the Light Temple was built using the power of Triforce, it would have remained there, in the very centre of the Sacred Realm. And it is very possible that it's still there, that the Pyramid of Power is nothing more than the Temple of Light.

There are several reasons to think so:

  • The Temple of Light is in the very centre of the Sacred Realm, the Pyramid of Power is in the centre of the Dark World
  • Ganondorf finds the Triforce inside of the Temple in OoT, Link finds it in ALttP inside of the Pyramid
  • Pyramids are a solar symbol by excellence, they even were treated as the petrified light rays.

From this a history of the Temple of Light can be reconstruted: After Ganondorf is sealed into the void of the Evil Realm, a world, similar in all to Hyrule is created because of Ganon's evil heart reflected in the Realm. But he cannot conquer the Temple of Light, so he builds a tower in Death Mountain, from where he is able to conquer the place where the Triforce rested, and convert it into the Pyramid of Power, where he would face Link.



The Chamber of Sages, the only known part of the Temple of Light.
The six sages opening the void to the evil realm.

Relevant quotes

  • Rauru, the first time Link meets him:
Wake up...
Link, the chosen one...
I am Rauru, one of the ancient Sages...
Ages ago, we ancient Sages built the Temple of 
Time to protect the entrance to the Sacred Realm...
This is the Chamber of Sages, inside the Temple of 
The Temple of Light, situated in the very center 
of the Sacred Realm, is the last stronghold 
against Ganondorf's evil forces.
The Master Sword--the evil-destroying sword that 
you pulled out of the Pedestal of Time--was the  
final key to the Sacred Realm.
[...]The Master Sword is a sacred blade which evil 
ones may never touch...
Only one worthy of the title of "Hero of Time" can 
pull it from the Pedestal of Time....
However, you were too young to be the Hero of 
Therefore, your spirit was sealed here for seven 
And now that you are old enough, the time has come 
for you to awaken as the Hero of Time!
Well, do you understand your destiny?
But, remember...
Though you opened the Door of Time in the name of 
Ganondorf, the Gerudo King of Thieves, used it to 
enter this forbidden Sacred Realm!
He obtained the Triforce from the Temple of Light, 
and with its power, he became the King of Evil...
His evil power radiated from the temples of 
Hyrule, and in seven short years, it transformed 
Hyrule into a world of monsters.
My power now has only little influence, even in 
this Sacred Realm...
Namely, this Chamber of Sages.


Country Name
Japanese (?)
English Temple of Light
French Temple de la Lumière
German Tempel des Lichts


Entry submitted by Arturo

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