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labyrinth The primitive labyrinth design, which with its twisting and tortuous path was adopted in medieval times to symbolise the pilgrimage to the Holy Land, or the way to salvation through the cycles of life, death and resurrection.

Recent years have seen a revival in the art of making garden labyrinths and mazes (the former being distinguished by having only one path) but an indoor one can be made at far less expense and trouble. The process is a contemplative activity in its own right; a dedicated act of attention and true prayer.

The labyrinth depicted embraces the two main characteristics of medieval Christian designs: an equal-armed cross and rotational symmetry.

A simple and often used pattern to follow for a labyrinth can be found at

You could construct your own labyrinth, using soft boards, pins and strong cotton. Work on the labyrinth for a set time in silence then have a time of meditation.

The site shows how to draw a labyrinth and site how to build one. It can be marked out with stones or rope and anything else that is to hand.

An online labyrinth simulating the one set up in St Paul’s Cathedral in the year 2000 can be found at This takes about 45 minutes to complete.