They fascinate and confuse, mesmerise and mystify – mazes or labyrinths provide plenty of mystery and mayhem! Read on to discover some fascinating facts about these compelling creations, along with details of some of the world’s most famous mazes.
Mazes have a long history – they’re thought to date back at least 4000 years. Originally, though, they weren’t designed as puzzles, but more as a single, winding path. During Medieval times, mazes were often used as a form of protection to confuse enemy attackers from getting close to buildings such as castles and stop unwanted visitors.
The first puzzle mazes are believed to originate from the Italian renaissance period and were designed especially for the amusement of prominent members of Royalty. It wasn’t until the 19th century that the first hedge mazes were built for members of the public to enjoy. Since then, they’ve proved to be a constant hit. As a nation, Japan, in particular, became particularly keen on mazes during the 1980s and built over 200 of the tricky creations.
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