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    Undoubtedly the best known labyrinth of its type, the beautifully preservedpavement labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, France, was constructed duringthe second decade of the 13th century. The labyrinth is 12.9 metres (42.3ft.) in diameter and fills the width of the nave. While much has beenwritten about the purpose of this labyrinth, little contemporarydocumentation survives, although it is known that labyrinths in the Frenchcathedrals were the scene of Easter dances carried out by the clergy. It isalso popularly assumed that they symbolise the long tortuous path thatpilgrims would have followed to visit this, and other shrines andcathedrals, during the medieval period.

    The Labyrinth from the organ loft

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    The Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth

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    View from organ loft Labyrinth and nave Cathedral by night

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    Current interest ensures that this labyrinth continues to receive visits from pilgrims to this day, althoughmany are surprised to find the labyrinth often covered with chairs. At the moment, the labyrinth is usuallyuncovered on Fridays, during the summer months only.

    Below are a selection of photos of the labyrinth and some additional shots of the Cathedral.

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