Mazes and labyrinths have an air of something magical and mystical in them. Their roots can be traced back to Greek mythology and religious practices.
Labyrinths in the ancient times were believed served as traps for malevolent spirits. In medieval times, the labyrinth symbolized a path to God with a clearly defined center (God) and one entrance (birth). It was only a few hundred years ago that mazes were designed for fun, and often became the perfect meeting place for secret lovers planning a tryst.
Here are some of the world’s largest, craziest and highest mazes that you can lose yourself in; pardon the pun, but they’re simply quite a-maze-ing.
Ashcombe Maze can be found on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, near the city of Melbourne. It’s Australia’s largest and oldest maze and its measurement is three meters high and two meters wide. The gardens also boast of the world’s oldest rose maze, which blooms about 217 varieties of roses on 1,200 bushes.
Officially the world’s largest maze, according to the Guinness Book of Records 2001, the Pineapple Garden Maze has more than three miles of paths on three acres. You really don’t want to get lost in here. It is located in Waimea Bay, Hawaii at Dole Plantation and it certainly looks scary from the air.
The maze at Villa Pisani, in Veneto, Italy, was created in the early 1700s, and this maze has been said to be once of the world’s most complicated. Located in the town of Stra, the maze is made up of layers and layers of pathways in 12 concentric rings with high hedges which leads to a tower.
This was once one of the world’s largest plant mazes, this circular maze covers about 10 acres of land at Reignac-sur-Indre in Touraine, France. It is reaped every year and grows back in a different form as a result of careful planning, design, and farming.
Aren’t you intrigued and mystified yet? 🙂