The Greeks were building labyrinths
over 3,000 years ago, in a form we now call the Classical seven
circuit design. The labyrinth design which brings the walker to the
centre through a single path may well have evolved from a basic spiral
design the archetypal symbol known to many ancient cultures.
The spirals carved into the entrance stone at Newgrange
over 5,000 years ago have a similar feel to a labyrinth.
near the ancient
passage mound at Fourknocks
, based on the
classical 7 circuit design. The centre of the labyrinth has been modified so that there
are no straight lines, like the entrance stone at Newgrange.
Labyrinths have been constructed in churches, hospitals, and parks. These are often used
for contemplation; walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the
outside world, and thus quiets the mind.
Recently constructed archetypal Energies Quadruple Labyrinth, at the Labyrinth Center for Peace & Reconciliation,
Glore Mill Follain Art Center, Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Box hedge and grass Labyrinth
at An Tobar retreat house in Ardbraccan, Co. Meath.
In 1988 Fr. Michael Kane, director of An Tobar, had taken a training course at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and on his return, with the help of Martin Dier had created a Cretan labyrinth in the grounds, using box hedges.
replica at the Anglican Cathedral
Liverpool. The canvas 11 circuit Chartres replica Labyrinth was laid out
at the Cathedral by Sarah Harrison and Eileen Wiggins.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tour
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Visit Newgrange World Heritage site, explore the Hill of Slane, where Saint Patrick famously lit the Paschal fire.
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