The Eden Project's Labyrinth

Watch and learn about the purpose of these ancient symbols.

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Our Labyrinth is based on the classic seven-ring pattern found worldwide.

To sailors it was a good-luck token, ensuring safe return. It also provided protection against wandering spirits, who allegedly got lost in the curves.

In the medieval times it stood for a model of the cosmos with seven heavenly bodies circling the Earth. It has also provided a focus for meditation because, unlike mazes, which are designed to confuse, labyrinths lead you on a journey to the centre and back again.

The arbour above the Labyrinth is woven from willow.