Labyrinths have a long history associated with prayer and meditation. The most famous medieval labyrinth is found at Chartres Cathedral in northern France. Architect and parishioner Marc Bryson designed the chapel labyrinth at St. Paul’s in a classical 7-circuit pattern using decorative patterns based on Chartres.
You enter the labyrinth facing east, following the one path that will take you to the center.
Although some books suggest that a labyrinth served as a substitute for a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the earliest use of the phrase “chemin de Jerusalem” (path to Jerusalem) dates to the late 18th century.
St. Paul’s labyrinth is constructed of Turkish travertine chosen by Zanne Baker and was a gift from the mother of The Rev. Don P. Goodheart, St. Paul’s Rector from 1997-2007.