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Gothic Revival Labyrinths


Although the fortunes of the medieval labyrinths in European churches and cathedrals waned somewhat during the 17th & 18th centuries, a dramatic upsurge of interest in medieval architecture during the mid-19th century, the so-called ‘Gothic Revival,’ also brought the labyrinth back to the attention of architects and artists alike. Between the 1840s and the late 1920s a considerable number of new labyrinths and replicas of former examples were installed in churches and cathedrals across Europe, and also one in America. Indeed, the majority of ‘historic’ labyrinths to be found in churches across Europe today are actually from this Gothic Revival period, and include some of the most splendid installations of their type. They also found their way into a number of civic buildings and private properties at this time, in a flurry of activity unparalleled until the late 20th century revival.  

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St. Omer Cathedral, France

1843

Itchen Stoke, England
1867

Guingamp, France
1854

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Cardiff Castle, Wales
1875

Itchen Stoke, England
1867

Guingamp, France
1854

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Mechelen, Belgium

1892

Hadlow Down, England
1911

Copenhagen Town Hall, Denmark
1903

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Amiens Cathedral, France
reconstructed 1894

Ely Cathedral, England

1870

Maastricht, Netherlands
1886

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Amiens Cathedral, France

Amiens Cathedral, France
central dedication panel

Maastricht, Netherlands
1886

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Watts Chapel, England

Watts Chapel, England
1895-1898

Watts Chapel, England

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Watts Chapel, England

Watts Chapel, England
1895-1898

Watts Chapel, England

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Compton, England
1896

Alkborough, England
1887

Alkborough, England
1922

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Voorburg, Netherlands
1893

Oud-Zevenaar, Netherlands
c. 1870

Alkborough, England
1922

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Belfast Cathedral, Northern Ireland
1929

Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1870s

Riverside Church, Manhattan, USA
1929

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Belfast Cathedral, Northern Ireland

Bourn, England
1875

Nieuwegein, Netherlands
1875


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