From Latin labyrinthus, although with more remote origin in the Greek language, labyrinth is an artificially created space with various streets and crossroads so that the person that enters it is confused and fails to find the Exit.
Labyrinths date back to very ancient times. Representations of square mazes Y rectangular in tombs of the Ancient Egypt, while the circular mazes emerged at the end of 7th century BC.
In ancient times, labyrinths were built as trap so that you cannot enter or leave a place easily. Medieval labyrinths, meanwhile, symbolized the path of the men toward God. In modern times, on the other hand, labyrinths are created for landscaping or playful reasons.
One of the most famous mazes in history is the Cretan Labyrinth, mentioned in the mythology Greek. This construction, designed by Labyrinth at the request of king minos, allowed to keep his son imprisoned Minotaur. Theseus managed to enter the labyrinth and kill the Minotaur.
The representation of the labyrinths has become a play featured in many children’s magazines. Children must start a trace at the entrance of the maze and continue until they find the exit.
In a symbolic sense, the notion of labyrinth refers to that confusing and far-fetched. For instance: “The Argentine team was trapped in the defensive labyrinth proposed by the local team”, “For the investigators, the case is a veritable labyrinth in which the exit is hidden behind a tangle of lies”.
There are mazes that congregate thousands of people each year in many parts of the world; Below are some of them:
It is the longest maze on the planet, located in the Dole pineapple plantation in Hawaii. In its extension you can see more than 11 thousand native and tropical plants, along 4.82 kilometers. The company Responsible for its creation, Dole, is mainly dedicated to the fruit plantation.
This French labyrinth, which holds the title of the largest in the world designed entirely with plants, it is situated in a field of sunflowers. Every year, sunflowers are planted in the field on which their enigmatic walls are erected and during the spring they bloom to create a new labyrinth. Tens of thousands of people visit it since 1996.
In the North American State of Pennsylvania is the leisure center called Cherry Crest, the adventure farm, where it is possible to travel a complicated maze of 3.2 kilometers of extension. Its design is so difficult that two guides constantly run through it to assist the brave tourists.
Snakes and Ladders
Machael Blee, a 62-year-old English entrepreneur, spent months creating an impressive maze inspired by the mythical board game Snakes and Laddersat Gore Farm in Kent County. In your case, this is not the first time you have embarked on designing a structure of these characteristics, but the tenth. Its surface covers about 6 hectares and its walls are hedges almost 3 meters high.
This labyrinth is one of the oldest gardens in Australia, and has been entertaining its visitors for more than three decades, allowing itself, in turn, to grow and evolve.
Located in Great Britain, the Hampton Court labyrinth was created in 1689 and is one of the oldest on the island, although it is not as large as others. One of the details that makes it especially attractive is that it appears in a large number of novels classical.