The Amazing World Mazes
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The labyrinth is a mysterious and fascinating symbol originated in the famous Cretan myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Over the centuries it has shaped the knowledge of ancient civilizations, used to explain religious beliefs, philosophical thoughts and today it still amazes for its evocative power. The symbol of the labyrinth expresses the difficult journey of life, an allegory of the human soul and his unanswered questions. The hedge mazes, with their crossroads and dead ends, have been a symbol of wealth and an allegory of power since the Renaissance period. Nobles used to play love courtship games in mazes, sometimes they were bearers of esoteric messages but today they are mostly a place of leisure and culture. They are magnificent living artworks elaborated by brilliant architects who play with deceiving those who walk along the paths and represent the perfect harmony between human abilities and the wonder of Nature. Ettore Selli, known as “The Maze Hunter” and author of the books “Labirinti Vegetali” (2020) and “Labirinti Italiani” (2022) – Ed. Pendragon, selected the twenty most incredible hedge mazes of the five continents, unique for their history and their architectures: an open door to a secret world of rare beauty.

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Ⓒ Redberry Maze

Redberry Farm

Located along the scenic Garden Route, the Redberry Maze is one of the most difficult mazes in the world and certainly the most impressive of the whole of Africa, with its hundreds paths designed in 2010 with nearly 30,000 syzygium paniculatum plants. The seven intermediate stations within the pattern lead to the center, which represents a huge strawberry and symbolyzes the extensive crops of the farm.

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Ⓒ Laberinto Patagonia

Laberinto Patagonia

A magical maze at the foot of the Andes that mixes knowledge of Kabbalah, sacred geometry and ancient mythology. The design is inspired by the legend of the ancient goddess Watsiltum, deity of the pre-Columbian people of the Teuelches, who was believed to guard the souls of the dead along the labyrinthine path to the afterlife. Inaugurated in 1996 by Doris Romera and Claudio Levi, it covers over 8,000 sq. meters with evergreen hedges of cupressus macrocarpa.

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Ⓒ Laberinto Borges

Laberinto Borges

The most incredible homage ever made to the memory of Luis Borges, the Argentine writer who dedicated a large part of his works to the theme of the labyrinth, as a strenuous search for the meaning of existence. Open in 2003 and designed by Randoll Coate as an open green book, the motif is inspired by Borges’ novel “The Garden of Forking Paths” and is intriguing and hermetic, hiding numerous symbols linked to the writer’s life and stories.

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Ⓒ Malina Padget

The Labyrinth State Memorial

The New Harmony Labyrinth represents the soul of the great American Dream: it was planted by the German community of Harmonists who came to America to find a new utopian society based on strict religious rules. When the community disbanded in 1825, the green labyrinth, which used to be a place of peace and reflection for its members, fell into oblivion – until 1939, when it was completely restored and today it has become a public monument to national memory.

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Ⓒ Williamsburg Governor's Palace

Williamsburg Governor’s Palace

In the city of Williamsburg there is a wonderful hedge maze celebrated as an American Landscape Historic Monument, the original design dates back to 1935 when it was included in the colonial-style garden of the Virginia governor’s mansion. The ilex opaca hedges highlight a compact architecture that has become the authentic symbol of North American mazes with numerous replicas around the world.

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Ⓒ Rafael Arguedas Villalobos

Laberinto Katira

In 2019, Rafael Arguedas completed one of the most acclaimed mazes in all of the Americas, a true ode to science. The astronomical architecture consists of concentric rings that correspond to the orbits of the planets and their satellites of our solar system. The exotic hedges are made up of hibiscus plants that turn red when they bloom and the fascinating set also includes topiary sculptures that represent the evolution from dinosaurs to modern day animals.

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Ⓒ Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Commissioned by King William III, the iconic trapezoidal design is recognized as the most famous maze archetype in the world, its perfection is due to the “rule of reading” which makes it particularly unpredictable. Hampton Court Maze is located not far from London, you can walk inside the original taxus baccata hedges planted in 1695 and enjoy the experience by reading J.K.Kerome’s novel ‘Three Men in a Boat’ which was set here.

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Ⓒ Longleat Maze

Longleat Maze

If Great Britain is considered the cradle of the world for hedge mazes, the Longleat is certainly one of its most remarkable botanical jewels, since opening in 1978. Grez Bright is the great mind behind the yew flowing hedges that draw a wonderful painting that seems to be not stationary but in continuous movement.

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Ⓒ Drienlandenpunt Doolhof

Drienlandenpunt Doolhof

In 1992 Adrian Fisher created this incredible maze that conveys an important political message, the brotherhood of nations. Its name means “Triple Border” because it is located on the meeting point between Holland, Belgium and Germany. Its fame is linked to the amusing jets of water hidden among the hornbeam hedges which make the experience truly adventurous.

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Ⓒ Parque Tentegorra

Laberinto Tentegorra

In Cartagena it’s possible to walk among hedges of cupressus leylandi with perfect shapes that show the typical Spanish labyrinthic style: a dynamic path ready to go beyond its borders. This swirling labyrinth opened in 2013 and its central viewing tower is inspired by the famous italian Villa Pisani labyrinth’s “belvedere”.

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Ⓒ Yann Monel

Château de la Ballue

Born from a sketch by the famous French architect Le Corbusier, the Ballue Castle maze displays a striking design, with extravagant hedges reminiscent of Alice’s escape from the Queen of Hearts in disney movie. The silent dialogue between the artistic motif of the hedge and the Mannerist style of the garden demonstrates that, despite its modest size, this architecture mixes genius and madness, an icon of French elegance overlooking the bay of Mont Saint Michel.

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Ⓒ Scone Palace

Scone Palace

Adrian Fisher is the most famous maze designer of all time, and this is perhaps his most valuable piece, a brilliant demonstration of British creativity. The design dates back to 1991, the maze is located in Scotland and looks like an elegant five-pointed star. Red and green beech hedges are arranged together as a textured fabric, paying homage to tartan as one of Scotland’s best-known symbols.

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Ⓒ Anthony Loughman/AJL Drone

The Peace Maze

A public warning to all mankind is enshrined within this great green architecture, a monument to the uneasy peace that ended the war in Northern Ireland. The path can be solved by crossing the two ends and reaching the exit located in the center, which symbolizes the meeting of the parties during times of conflict.

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Ⓒ Roman Buchtel

World Labyrint

This Baroque-style maze was designed in 2003 by David Růžička and commemorates the philosopher John Amos Comenius who recognized wisdom as a way to bring order to the world chaos. Science, the occult and botany are the keys to this mysterious architecture set in the shadow of an obelisk and inspired by the book “Labyrinth of the world and Paradise of the heart” published in 1623.

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Ⓒ Daniel C. Films

Celtic Maze

The Book of Kells is the oldest book in all of Ireland, its pages kept in Trinity College of Dublin, its medieval inscriptions were the inspiration for a puzzling drawing located near the city of Cork. The embroidery of the hedges draws an elaborate Celtic knot designed in 1996 by Peter Lamb, which shows every month of the year its best green dress under the iconic Irish sky.

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Ⓒ Gimnyeong Maze

Gimnyeong Maze

Jeju Island is famous for its many mazes and this one, in particular, even follows its shape. Commissioned by the American professor Frederic H. Dustin, who entrusted the project to the famous Adrian Fisher, the drawing symbolically represents the history of the entire Asian continent, with the horses of Genghis Khan’s armies, the cult of the sacred snake and the ships of the Dutch explorers in the 17th century.

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Ⓒ Maze Paradise Garden

Dream Maze

The Dream Maze appears as a magnificent deer in a proud position, homage to the animal symbol of the Dafeng region of China. Its design harks back to the legend of King Zhang Shicheng who used the labyrinth to fight enemies at the end of the Yuan Dynasty; since 2018 it has held the record for the longest labyrinth in the world, with almost ten kilometers of paths.

  • Country: China
  • Address: 122 Manjanggul-gil, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
  • Website: www.dreammaze.cc

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Ⓒ Coban Rondo

Coban Rondo

Indonesia has recently discovered the irresistible charm of hedge mazes, which have become an integral part of culture in the Far East as well. This compact green architecture is the epitome of adventure: explore the verdant hedgerows tucked deep in the jungle, amid towering waterfalls and steaming volcanoes on the island of Java.

  • Country: Indonesia
  • Address: Jl. Coban Rondo, Malang, Jawa Timur 65391

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Ⓒ Bago Maze & Wine

Bago Maze

In 2006, landscape architect Ian Mobs created one of the most elegant mazes on the entire planet, paying homage to the wine estate whose name it bears. The myrtle hedges wrap around the two fulcrums making this unique work of art hypnotic and the drawing artistically narrates the transformation of grapes into wine.

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Ⓒ Amaze Margaret River

Amaze Margaret River

The Renaissance style of this maze was elaborated in 1994 and reappears in all its majesty through the regular geometry of its hedges, so well elaborated as to seem painted. The towers and green gates give the visitor the idea of a journey through time, in the splendor of the artifice that shapes the spontaneous beauty of Nature.

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Ⓒ Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Sigurtà Park Maze

Opened in July 2011, the Labyrinth represents one of the most fascinating points of interest in Parco Giardino Sigurtà. Visitors can make their way into the extraordinary maze of hedges made up of 1,500 yew trees (Taxus baccata). The path winds its way among the two-metre tall evergreens that stretch over a rectangular area of 2,500 square metres. This labyrinth was designed and studied by Giuseppe Inga Sigurtà with the collaboration of the famous maze designer Adrian Fisher.

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