2. Glendurgan Garden Maze, England
Glendurgan Garden, located in Cornwall, United Kingdom, was once home to a family with 12 children. The patriarch of the family designed a massive cherry laurel maze for the children to play in. Planted in 1833, the maze still stands today, and its complicated twists and turns keep a lot more than 12 children entertained. About 80,000 tourists flock to Glendurgan Garden every year. The garden is now the property of the National Trust, an English governing body that preserves beautiful and historic sites. The oft-photographed hut in the centre of the maze fell into disrepair in 2014, but donations from the public flooded in, allowing a new house to be built in 2016.
3. Borges Labyrinth, Italy
The Borges Labyrinth was created in memory of the Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges, who was knighted by the Italian government. Designed by a British architect, the maze sits on the island San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice. It was built in 2011 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Borges’ death. The sea of spirals is more difficult to navigate than it looks, with paths amounting to over a kilometre. But there is a pattern to them—and a hidden message. Looking at the maze from above, you can see that the paths form Borges’ surname, two separate times. In the above photo, can you make out the G-E-S? This maze is like a puzzle within a puzzle.
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4. Longleat Hedge Maze, England
The massive Longleat house in Wiltshire, England is an enormous Elizabethan structure, still owned by the descendants of the man who built it in 1580. The best-known feature of the estate is its enormous maze made of English yew trees. This maze is comprised of over two miles of paths, making it the biggest maze in Britain. Maze explorers need to find the elegant white observation tower located in the centre and then, from there, the exit.