Historic Labyrinths from Around the World

For information and images of the two best known labyrinth designs, i.e., the classical (aka "Cretan") and the Chartres labyrinth, please visit The Labyrinth Society.

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Name
Circuits
Image
Comments/Products
“Troy Town”
historic
4

Adapted from illustration by Jeff Saward in Hermann Kern's book, "Through the Labyrinth: Designs and Meanings Over 5,000 Years."

Contemporary variations:
Petite Classical with Perpetual Path™
Perpetual Heart™
Contemporary Troy Town
Echo I

“Ely”
5

England (designed by Sir Gilbert Scott, 1870)

Contemporary variations:
Elyesque Duet
Elyesque Rambling Rose
Elyesque Romanesque I & II

“Jericho”
Gemini®versions
6

Older than the Chartres design, but not nearly as old as the Cretan design. Design is based on image found in Hermann Kern's book, "Through the Labyrinth: Designs and Meanings Over 5000 Years."

Contemporary variations:
5c Echo VI 6c Vesper I
7c Luna V 7c Vesper II
10c Jericho 11c Jericho

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“Hanover”
(simplified)
Gemini®versions
7

Germany — turf labyrinth

Contemporary variations:
Gemini II Hanover/Cretan
Chanson II & III
Luna Chanson II

“Ravenna”
7

Italy

Contemporary variation:
9c Eventide VII

“Wayland's House”
7

Icelandic manuscript. Drawing is based on image found in Hermann Kern's book, "Through the Labyrinth: Designs and Meanings Over 5000 Years."

Contemporary variations:
7c Unita 7c Gemini Unita
10c Unita 11c Unita
7c Gemini II Unita/Hymnody VII
10c Gemini II Unita/Hymnody VII
“Man in the Maze”
9
USA — Pima and Tohono O'odham Nations
“Hilton”
9
England — turf labyrinth
“Bayeux”
10

France

Contemporary variations:
5c Petite Bayeus I & II

10c Echo de Bayeux
11c Echo de Bayeux

“Breamore”
11

England — turf labyrinth

Contemporary variations:
9c Aria 9c Concento
9c Echo 9c Eventide III
9c Eventide IV 11c Concento
“Sens”
11

France

Contemporary variations:
10c Pensatore
10c Vivacé
11c Vivacé

“Wayland's House”
11

Iceland — Drawing is based on image found in Hermann Kern's book, "Through the Labyrinth: Designs and Meanings Over 5000 Years."

Contemporary variations:
5c Luna III 5c Gemini Shiloh Dove
7c Luna VI 10c Shiloh
11c Luna III  

 

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