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Five Things You Didn't Know About the Georgetown Labyrinth

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Curbed contributor Katherine Jessup excels at finding cool, occasionally unknown places around D.C. Today, she gives you five fun facts (that you didn't know) about the Georgetown Labyrinth.

1. That it exists. There's a labyrinth at the bottom of 33rd Street NW, in the midst of the Georgetown Waterfront Park. Now you know.

2. The labyrinth is one of a handful in the area, and the only one not located on religious grounds. The other labyrinth in D.C. proper is located at the Franciscan Monastery in Brookland.

3. Although not on religious grounds, the labyrinth was provided by the TKF Foundations, a private grant-making foundation whose purpose is to create "Open Spaces, Sacred Places." The labyrinth is meant to foster human spirituality and connections for people of all beliefs, faiths, and cultures.
Katherine Jessup

4. Labyrinth walking is a great way to unwind on a beautiful day and clear your mind. At different times, the practice has been associated with pilgrimages and pagan rituals. More recently, labyrinths have popped up in modern spirituality for contemplation. Having a quiet walk through the labyrinth in the middle of Georgetown Waterfront Park might be just the ticket to relax and take in some great views.

5. This is a more permanent design than the National Building Museum's maze. Plus, labyrinths differ from mazes in a few ways: labyrinths have only one entrance and path that wind through a circle, mazes have multiple entrances and dead ends. Labyrinths are considerably older (the earliest date back to 2500 B.C.); and perhaps most importantly, there's no Maze movie with David Bowie.

· Georgetown Waterfront Park [Official Site]
· D.C. Metro Area Labyrinths [Official Site]