The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester
This little maze carving is to the left of the north door of the church at St Cross. I like to think of people tracing the paths with their fingers, stopping for a moment to think, and maybe become calm, before entering the church.
Mazes have a mixed and ancient history, being linked with both Christianity and Pagan worship. The earliest were in Egypt, and I think most people will have heard of the fearsome Cretan maze at Knossos.
In some churches and cathedrals there are mazes marked out on the floor - offering a solitary, contemplative path, leading to enlightenment. Others are/ were marked out in gardens either in turf or as a complicated hedge structure. Some people think the basis of the knot garden may be based on maze designs.
It's an interesting subject, far too detailed to go into here, but I can offer a couple of links if you'd like to read more. I have nothing to do with any of these sites.http://www.unmuseum.org/maze.htmhttp://www.amazeingart.com/maze-faqs.htmlhttp://mazes.co.uk/history.htm
Those of you who are regular visitors to my site will know of my enchantment with The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester.
Founded between 1132 and 1136 by Henry of Blois, St Cross is England's oldest charitable institution. It is non-secular, the residents are elderly lay-people from the local community.
If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
If you like my pictures, perhaps you might like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps - St Cross receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on donations.
Please look here http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm
for more information..