The history of gazebos

Gazebos have been part of gardens for thousands of years; the earliest historical gazebos were in use in Egyptian gardens 5,000 years ago.  The architecture of gardens was drawn on the tombs of Egyptian royals, murals depicting the complete plan of the garden.

The earliest known plan belongs to an Egyptian courtier whose garden design in Thebes has shown that gardens were probably enclosed and had freestanding architectural structures similar to pergolas or gazebos.

Gardens in Egypt were built close to a body of water, either a river or a canal, and were normally used for producing food.  The rich, however, as well as growing crops, could afford to grow trees and flowers, the flowers used to make garlands to wear at festivals and to be harvested for medicinal purposes, the trees to provide welcome shade.  Pools were filled with fish and guinea fowl while pergolas were built in order that vines could grow, producing wine and raisins.

Some historians speculate that early gazebos were actually used as temples; temples were the representation of heaven and the Egyptians believed was the home of a god.  Thus the garden was designed so that sacred trees were planted in front of the gazebo and certain flowers were grown to be given as a sacrifice to the god.

Egyptians believed that when they died, their garden including the gazebos, followed them on the journey to heaven.

One Response to “The history of gazebos”

  1. Gazebo Guy Says:

    I thought you might also want to know that the word gazebo is speculated to originate from two latin terms meaning “to stare” and “awe”.

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