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Labyrinthos Photographic & Illustration Library
Throughout the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway and Finland, beyond the arctic
circle to 71º 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 55º 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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