Labyrinths are just plain amazing. They’re mythical, historical, and intriguing—a treat for adventure seekers. These surreal mazes can be found all over the world and they go real back. There’s one in Goa, India. Many labyrinths are found carved in stones in medieval structures. There are also landscaped labyrinths in San Francisco.
Tradition says that labyrinths are intended to keep evil out, as well as invaders. Labyrinths are also used by royalty for pleasurable walks. There are also people who use these mazes for meditation exercises and life-into-death journeys.
Here are some of the most beautiful, amazing, and intriguing mazes or labyrinths around the world. When you find yourself traveling to any of these cities, make sure you stop by and enjoy the tranquility and challenges that these mazes bring.
Derinkuyu Underground City
These finger-like stone labyrinths made Cappadocia a famous tourist destination in Turkey. Derinkuyu’s underground city is made up of eight levels of blockages and sharp wrong turns that could easily catch the unfortunate visitor. If that’s not enough of a scare, a wrong turn can send you pummeling down 20 feet into the ground. The labyrinth of Derinkuyu Underground City is said to date back to the 7th or 8th century B.C.
According to records, it was built by the Phrygians and was used by the Christians against the Zealot armies. About 20,000 people can occupy the underground city during an attack. Intruders beware as there are many boulder traps (think Indiana Jones) that can befall any soldier. The labyrinth of Derinkuyu Underground City isn’t the only destination worth visiting in this year. The nearby town of Göreme is also a fascinating place to explore. It is the home of cave churches collections.
Chartres Cathedral, France
On the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France is a beautiful rose labyrinth that continues to intrigue the adoring public and render the crowd in awe of its beauty. According to records, the Chartres Rose Labyrinth was arranged by a bishop as part of the celebration for Easter. During the ceremony, they reenacted an important event in the celebration where a representative killed “Satan” at the labyrinth’s center. “Satan” was then known as the minotaur. The event represents the triumph of life over death. In the reenactment, the representative holds a yellow ball that “illuminates” the world. Towards the end, the representative throws the yellow ball to the audience. The Chartres Labyrinth is a 40-foot circle where a single path coils within the circle.
Once a month, the church removes the chairs that usually cover the rose labyrinth. During this one day, pilgrims walk into the center of the labyrinth to meditate.
Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne
Here we have Australia’s biggest and oldest labyrinth. The walls go up to three meters in height and two meters in width. In the middle of this amazing labyrinth lies the world’s oldest rose maze, which is the home of 217 rose varieties nestled in 1,200 bushes.
In terms of length, the Dole Plantation in Oahu, Hawaii holds the record of being the world’s longest labyrinth. It houses about 11,400 kinds of tropical native plants which cover 311 miles. This maze is so big that a company created a website where you can virtually navigate yourself in and out of the maze.
Labyrinth at Gore Farm
Ever played a game of snakes and ladders? Imagine the board turned into an actual labyrinth. Amazing, right? This lovely labyrinth was made by Michale Blee who planned to enter this giant game of Snakes and Ladders into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Labyrinth at Reignac-sur-Indre, France
This maze holds the title of being the largest plant maze in the entire world. This maze is home to an amazing collection of bright colored sunflowers. Summer brings a lot of tourists to the area. After winter, the entire labyrinth is sown, creating a new design for the upcoming spring. The maze opened in 1996 and about 85,000 people participated in trying to navigate through the 10-acre maze.
Corn Field Labyrinth at Cherry Crest
While most corn fields are a maze in their own way, this one at Cherry Crest has somehow become a work of art. It was created by two “Maze Masters”. This maze is so challenging that the creators are present at the venue to “guide” people in and out of the 2.5-mile maze that even includes several bridges.
Castle Maze at Richardson Farm
Live out your Disney fantasies and enter a world of magic in this castle-shaped labyrinth. When viewed from above, the maze looks exactly like a child’s version of a huge castle complete with turrets. This maze has multiple entrances and exits. Think it’s easy? It has several blocked passageways. Let’s see if you can find your way out to meet your Prince Charming.
Hampton Court Maze, Britain
Built in 1689, the Hampton Court Maze in Britain is the country’s oldest hedge maze. Compared to newer mazes, its size is not as impressive. However, imagine being built in 1689 and having to survives many events in world history, this hedge maze is probably the most impressive of them all. Many locals and tourists visit the maze every year.
Grace Cathedral Labyrinth, San Fracisco, California
While most mazes are made up of huge hedges, this one in Sunny California is made up of stone and tile, which represents the new age. In this fast-paced life, people visit the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral to meditate and get away from bustling city life without having to fly out. It offers a place of serenity for many city people.
Lands End Labyrinth, Bay Area
When you visit the Bay Area, make sure you stop by the Lands End Labyrinth. From this area, you are blessed with a magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge and its surrounding areas. You can also see the Angel Island and the beautiful San Francisco skyline. The Lands End Labyrinth at the Bay Area is known as a place for spiritual pilgrims and maze lovers.
Lands End Labyrinth
Also in the Bay Area is the famous Lands End Labyrinth. From this stunning vista one can see the Golden Gate Bridge, all of the Bay, Angel Island, and the San Francisco skyline. It’s known the world over to spiritual seekers and labyrinth lovers as a place of unsurpassed beauty and tranquility.
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