“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2015 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (31/40), Amiens virtual labyrinth @ home:
So for the second time in a week, I have picked a well known labyrinth and walked it virtually. Tonight, Amiens …
I quickly realize it is the same pattern as Chartres … I am so attached to Chartres that I have a hard time with the sharp angles …
The Labyrinth of Amiens Cathedral is the second largest in France, being slightly smaller than its cousin in Chartres. Measuring about 12.1 meters wide, the labyrinth occupies the entire width of the fourth and fifth bays of the nave, and is thought to have originally been placed in the cathedral in 1288. Although it is octagonal, its tracks follow the same pattern as Chartres, which is why it is considered to be an Octagonal, Chartres-type labyrinth. Comprised of “white-and-blue-black” stones, its entrance opens to the west, with the white stones acting as the labyrinthine obstacles.
Prior to the French Revolution, the labyrinth’s center comprised of a medallion which stated:
In the year of grace 1220, the construction of this church first began. Blessed Evrard was at that time bishop of the diocese. The king of France was then Louis the son of Philip the wise. He who directed the work was called Master Robert, surnamed Luzarches. Master Thomas de Cormont came after him, and after him his son Renaud, who had placed here this inscription in the year of the incarnation, 1288.