Terracotta Angel, c.1896
Watts Chapel, England

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The adoption of the labyrinth by the Christian faith began during the Roman period. The first known pavement labyrinth with obvious Christian context is found in a basilica in Algeria during the 4th century. At first the labyrinth appeared mainly in manuscripts, but during the 12th century they began to appear in cathedrals and churches in Italy and during the 13th century spread to France, where many fine examples were constructed. Although the pavement labyrinths are well-known, other examples formed of tiles and carved in stone are also found. They soon became popular across Europe, but many were destroyed from the 17th century onwards as tastes changed. Despite these losses, a revival of interest during the late 19th century, restored a few lost examples and added a number of new examples and replicas to the varied selection that survive to this day.

St.Regnus’ Church, Burt, Ireland

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Church & Cathedral Labyrinths

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Lucca, Italy

St.Omer, France

St.Quentin, France

Guingamp, France

Stone slab, Genainville, France

St.Quentin, France

Guingamp, France

Carved stone, Rathmore, Ireland

Ely, England

Floor tiles, Chalon-sur-Marne, France

Floor tiles, Mirepoix, France

Roof boss, Redcliffe, England

Itchen Stoke, England

Gent Town Hall, Belgium

Hern St.Hubert, Belgium

Alkborough, England

Alkborough, England

Köln Cathedral, Germany

Compton, England

Compton, England

Compton, England





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We also have graphics and line illustrations of church and cathedral labyrinths available - click here to see some of our collection.

Maastricht, Netherlands



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