Terracotta Angel, c.1896
Watts Chapel, England

 Photo : Jeff Saward/Labyrinthos

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Throughout the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland, beyond the arctic circle to 71 N. and particularly around the shorelines of the Baltic Sea, stones and boulders were used to mark out the walls of the labyrinth. Over 500 examples are recorded. Stone labyrinths are also known from Iceland, Arctic Russia and Estonia; all of these outlying groups have probably originated from Nordic settlers or trading contacts. The surviving early 18th century Troytown from the Scilly Islands, SW England is the only example south of latitude 55 N and quite unique. In recent years a number of historic examples have been restored and modern replicas are also popular in parks and educational settings.

We also have photos of the labyrinths in Scandinavian Churches - click here for a selection from our collection.

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Folhammar, Gotland, Sweden

Photo : Jeff Saward/Labyrinthos

Stone Labyrinths

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