“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (30/40), Chartres virtual labyrinth @ home: So I took a screenshot of the Chartres labyrinth and used it as my virtual labyrinth …
And then I visited the Chartres Cathedral online …
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, , a Latin Rite Catholic cathedral located in Chartres, about 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris, is considered one of the finest examples in all France of the Gothic style of architecture. The current cathedral is one of at least four that have occupied the site.
The labyrinth set into the floor stones in the nave of Chartres Cathedral may be the world’s most recognized and famous path, yet it is surrounded in mystery.
Thought to be representation of the spiritual quest of the pilgrim traveling to the holy land, labyrinths like this began appearing in Europe in the 12th century, mostly in Italy. The labyrinth at Chartres is a little over 42 feet in diameter, and is thought to have once been graced by an image of the Minotaur at its center (a motif common in mazes and labyrinths around the world).
There have been many theories and elaborate mythology surrounding the original construction of the labyrinth. It is most likely constructed in the first decades of the 13th century, but no one knows for sure exactly when the labyrinth was made, no documents have been yet found, and little is known about the builders. An excavation in 2001 investigated claims that the center of the labyrinth was the site of a memorial or tomb for the cathedral and/or labyrinth masons, but despite extensive digging, no evidence was found to back up such claims.
Nonetheless, pilgrims have indeed been coming to Chartres to walk the famous labyrinth for 1000 years now, and the tide shows no sign of slowing.
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