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Only from above one recognises best the structure and the beauty of a labyrinth. For birds this is no problem, but still for us. We have this look maybe as a skydiver, paraglider, passenger in a balloon or an airplane? This is why I am glad that I can show now some labyrinths from the bird’s-eye view. I owe this to my son, which is owner of such a new “aircraft” with camera below, and generously has made some overflights.

Along the waterfront of the river Main (Mainlände) are still standing the sculptures of this year’s sculptor’s symposium to the subject Panta rhei (everything flows). The contribution of  the the kindergarten children Saint Sebastian to this was a first with sawdust scattered Knidos labyrinth on a meadow near the volleyball court, that now is cut.

Knidos Labyrinth at the "Mainlände" Dettelbach

Knidos Labyrinth at the “Mainlände” Dettelbach, photo: Tobias Reißmann

The second labyrinth of the same type is found on a meadow below the pilgrimage church “Maria im Sand”. The entrance is beside the sculpture “Fremder” (stranger), and the labyrinth is aligned to the sculpture “Jakobsstein” (Jakob’s Stone) standing there to represent the end of the Dettelbach sculpture way “Pilgervolk” (pilgrim’s People) from the symposium in 2005.

Knidos Labyrinth at the church "Maria im Sand" Dettelbach

Knidos Labyrinth at the church “Maria im Sand” Dettelbach, photo: Tobias Reißmann

At the beginning of the year  we made some overflights from other labyrinths. The videos can be watched on Youtube.

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Here the Knidos labyrinth of Saint Alfons in Würzburg:

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Here the Medieval labyrinth of Münsterschwarzach:

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Here the Roman labyrinth of Retzbach:

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Also in Google Earth one can sometimes see labyrinths if the quality of the satellite pictures is good enough. The knowledge of the geographic coordinates of a labyrinth (virtually their house number and address) quite help to the search.

Here the labyrinth of type Baltic wheel at the Mönchbergschule in Würzburg in an interactive map:

I owe an other nice view from above to my son-in-law who was on the move as passenger in a balloon just over a year ago, and by chance discovered the labyrinth at Eisingen. The photos are to be seen in the post quoted below.

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There are many labyrinths in Würzburg and around Würzburg. This attracted my attention the last week.

Els from the Netherlands visited me on the long way round over Würzburg on her way back home from Denmark to see all the labyrinths which she had not yet seen since the last visit some years ago.

In every labyrinth we visited, we also inserted some minute’s silence for the two labyrinth thrilled pilgrims Kimberly and Lisa who walked during these days from Paris to Chartres. This way I have also gone in the year 2003 together with Gernot Candoloni and an Austrian group. Thus I could empathize with them.

On on Tuesday we visited the labyrinths in Kürnach, Münsterschwarzach (2), Neustadt a.d. Aisch, Bad Windsheim and at the ZIM in Würzburg. On Wednesday we were in Münnerstadt, Bad Kissingen, Theilheim and to finish one more time in the Chartres labyrinth at the ZIM in Würzburg.

To draw a balance: These were 10 visits of 9 different labyrinths, thereof 7 new for Els.
We experienced a lot and had a good time together.

At almost every labyrinth we placed something for our both companions in France:

  • A feather that they may walk easy.
  • Some little stones that they may leave behind all gravity.
  • Some leaves and blossoms that they take pleasure in her way.
  • Some fruits that the way gives them new strength.

Here a few impressions:

By the way I come on about 20 labyrinths which there are in Würzburg (4) and around Würzburg (16). We are blessed with labyrinths.

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After the ZIM (centre for internal medicine of the university clinics of Würzburg) takes up his service during these days, the labyrinth on the terrace of the outdoor facilities will be open to the public too.

The hospital’s pastoral care had wished a labyrinth. It was built by a landscape architect as the type Chartres rather sumptuously with true to dimension granite stones.

As a Labyrinthologist I looked a little more exactly on it and some things struck me. However, first the joy predominates about a new labyrinth  in Würzburg and at this place. It is definitely a good thing and now will be able to unfold his beneficial effects to all.

On the open house I was there and have made some observations. The adults discuss first of all, the children start to run.

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Labyrinth at the ZIM

There is a new labyrinth in Würzburg.
Not yet officially and also not yet “inaugurated”, but I found it in the meantime.
I had heard of it and all my efforts to get some details or even a plan, failed.
When I visited a patient in the ZOM (Center operational medicine of the university clinics of Würzburg) I could discover it by looking out of a window. The labyrinth is part of the outside facilities of the ZIM (Center internal medicine of the university clinics of Würzburg), which is at present still under construction. Upon its completion in 2009 it will be publicly available.
The labyrinth is a Chartres type, built from exactly cut bright granite stones for the ways and from dark basalt paving-stones for the dividing lines.
Here you will get at first a small foretaste with some photos.

General view

General view

View to the labyrinth

View to the labyrinth

The way inside

The way inside

View to the ZIM

View to the ZIM

View across

View across

View to the center

View to the center

The separation line

The separation line

New green

New green

If this will resist?

If this will resist?

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Life and Labyrinth

Life after birth?
One of the numerous events during the labyrinth project Würzburg 2004 was a mystery play, which was enacted by pupils of the Riemenschneider grammar school in the labyrinth.

Labyrinth at the Rosenbachpark

Labyrinth at the Rosenbachpark

Some sentences I can still remember. Two pupils spoke a dialog between two unborn ones in their mother’s body. Thereby it concerned whether there would be a life after the birth.
The one could not imagine that at all and stated all kinds of arguments for its point of view: How should that be possible? I am here nevertheless so well. I have everything that I need. My mother is always around me. What will thereafter happen to me? Is there anything different from here? How am I to know, I did not see it yet at all? None returned from there.
The other one could imagine that well and had likewise arguments for its opinion: I have confidence to my mother. So far she always cared well for me. Why shouldn’t there be something entirely different? It would be nevertheless beautiful to come out from this tightness. Why should it be always the same here? I would like to experience something else. Why shouldn’t that be possible? That here cannot be everything.

Birth and death are two sides of the medal. The medal is called life.
Life is to be born and to die.
Or said in labyrinthine words: The beginning is the end and the end is the beginning.

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