Central Park Labyrinth
Central Park Labyrinth, Justine Giuliani, 2005
Discover this wonderful oasis for your mind, body and soul in the heart of Burlington. Walking the Labyrinth can calm and restore a sense of balance to the body, mind, and spirit. Burlington’s Central Park Labyrinth is an eleven-circuit labyrinth, patterned after a labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France that dates back to the year 1200. The labyrinth is built from coloured concrete with the pattern added to the surface with a burnt sienna coloured concrete.
Central Park Labyrinth is located in the northeast corner of Central Park across from the Rotary Youth Centre. Central Park Labyrinth is one of the first labyrinths in a public space and is one of the first wheelchair accessible labyrinths in all of Canada.
What is a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is an ancient, geometric pattern that has only one path that leads into the centre and out again. Not to be confused with a maze, a labyrinth was originally based on a circle, the ancient symbol for healing, unity, and wholeness. Walking the labyrinth involves the creative and intuitive mind and can be calming and balancing.
Labyrinths have existed for thousands of years. Labyrinths of per-Christian Knossos and Egypt were followed by labyrinths in European cathedrals. The best known labyrinth design is from the 13th century, and is laid on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral in France. That labyrinth, which still exists today, was one of the many that appeared in abbeys and cathedrals across Europe.
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