Plech and Nürnberg


About the Plech Labyrinth

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Dr. ThurnIn Nürnberg a circle of friends, involved with the labyrinth, gathered around Anne Thurn, a now over 90 years-old lady doctor.





Admiring Visitors Anne Thurn, doctor and group therapist, led, together with her late husband, Dr. Hubert Thurn (+1989), Theologist and Psychoanalyst, a Therapy and Educational Establishment in Plech for a number of decades, which is now managed by younger staff.




The Plech labyrinthIt was her suggestion to establish a classical seven circuit labyrinth in Plech located on a terrace of the "Gottvaterberg" (mountain God Father). Immediately behind the church a path with stone steps leads to the hill where the labyrinth is located below high lime trees on a former children's playground. Planned by the artist Martin Gebhardt, executed by the Master stone mason Erwin Mehlinger in Dolomite stones. The official opening took place on June 6, 1999.

To see more pictures from the labyrinth go to the Photo Gallery >


Friedrich DürrAccording to Friedrich Dürr, the word "Labyrinth" in the language of the old Cretans, could be defined as: "To the center point those who are going astray!" To him, especially the elements of the double helix and the cross are combined in the (Cretan) labyrinth. The double helix symbolises the indivisibility of death/mortality (the inward turning coil) and life/reincarnation (the outward turning coil). The symbol of the cross portraits man standing erect, who from his point of view determines the location of above and below, left and right as well as front and back.


Ilse Seifried and  Friedrich DürrTaken by themselves, both symbols are older than the labyrinth itself which is older than Christianity. But seeing both symbols ingeniously integrated into the labyrinth, its message may well read: Mankind orients its journey through life by permanently being conscious of its mortality -a universal law- toward a goal, the labyrinthine middle as the turning point from death to life.

A poem (translated): Approximation to the Labyrinth >


SpiritedThe labyrinth in the church San Vitale in Ravenna (Italy) connects the shell of St. James. The message is: Whoever is seeking Jesus Christ, the center of the life, shall undertake a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. People living in the neighbourhood of the "Gottvaterberg" along with members of the Plech Therapy Center researched old St. James pilgrimage paths, especially along the old way East, the "golden street" through Prague - Königgrätz - Glatz - Neisse - to Krakau. In the Middle Ages the pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela joined the different regions of Europe amongst themselves. For the new Europe central ideas with deeper roots than offered by technology and business are needed.

The labyrinth is a cure for both man and our earth. The labyrinth teaches slowness and is a remedy against haste and hurry of our present time. It teaches patience, forbearance and moderation. The labyrinth also teaches: The end is always the beginning.

Excerpt from a guide for the Plech Labyrinth with ideas from Anne Thurn (Dr.phil. and


At the coffee table
At the Künstlerklause


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