Persian Gazebos – a brief history

For thousands of years, people have viewed the peace and beauty of a garden and surrounding countryside from a gazebo.

We know that gardens have been a central factor for wealthy members of society for thousands of years.  In modern day Iran, The Persians designed gardens filled with lush plants of striking colours at odds with the hot dry environs of the landscape, the most famous being the Hanging Gardens of Babylon renowned as one of The Seven Wonders of the World.  They were able to achieve these marvels because of qanats, an underground engineering system of aqueducts that brought melted snow from the mountains down onto the plains.  Water was a major feature of a Persian garden with pools and fountains inserted into the geometrical design.  A wealthy Persian would escape from the heat and make his way to a gazebo situated in his own bit of paradise.

Gardens were built to be viewed aesthetically and to raise the spirits, but Persians did not only relax under their gazebos; gardens were also areas where politics and business took place, treaties were signed, diplomats greeted and were central to Persian life.

Persian gazebos were influenced by Islamic architecture and were called kiosks that could range from a tent with mats scattered inside to buildings made from marble with cupolas.  Some gazebos were constructed with running water underneath the floors to maintain a cooler temperature.  Occasionally, gazebos were used as tombs.

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