Replica of Chartres Cathedral Labyrinth at Marywood Rotunda

Published on Wed, March 16, 2011

A replica of the famous Chartres Cathedral labyrinth will be in the Marywood Rotunda until March 19. The original was inlaid in the stone floor of the Chartres Cathedral in approximately 1210.

Walking the labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice used since the Middle Ages as a symbolic pilgrimage. In our modern day context, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool for meditation helping us to look within for answers we need. The path of the labyrinth is meant to serve as a metaphor for one's spiritual journey, which although we walk individually, we hopefully walk in harmony with each other.

The opening or starting point for the labyrinth is directly in front of the Marywood University admissions office. Information sheets are posted on the pillars in the Rotunda.

Suggestions for walking the labyrinth:

  • Maintain silence for your reflection and that of others.
  • Take time to clear your mind and become aware of your breathing before you step onto the labyrinth.
  • Proceed at your own pace. There is no right or wrong way to walk. As you meet other walkers, gently give way to your meeting and passing.
  • Take time after your walk to reflect and meditate.