In the garden behind the Cornwell Center is our labyrinth, based on the famous labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral in France. For centuries, Christian pilgrims and spiritual seekers of many paths have used labyrinths as a form of walking meditation. Our labyrinth is free and open to the public for quiet contemplation. See a brochure on the labyrinth »
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, about 80 km from Paris, is one of the greatest of all French Gothic cathedrals. Several churches were built on the site before the current cathedral was completed in 1260. According to legend, since 876 the site has housed a tunic said to have belonged to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Sancta Camisia. The church was an especially popular pilgrimage destination in the 12th century. The labyrinth, located inside the main entrance, was used as a symbolic pilgrimage for Christians unable to make the long journey to Jerusalem. In the Middle Ages the cathedral also functioned as an important school renowned for the study of logic.