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Top Historical Gazebo Designs in the World

By Whirl Construction (724 words)
Posted in Gazebos/Shelters/Shades on February 27, 2014

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After a long, busy week or hectic schedule, sometimes the perfect way to unwind is sitting in a local park and enjoying the fresh air. During the spring and summer, cooling down under a beautiful gazebo can be both relaxing and refreshing. Gazebos, often found in parks, gardens, or even in backyards, are small or medium pavilion structures, sometimes octagonal or turret-shaped. Not only are gazebos perfect areas to relax, they are also some of the most beautiful architectural structures in the world. Even more, they are small pieces of history!

Gazebos can either be standalone structures or attached to a building or other structure such as garden walls. Regardless of type, gazebos can enhance the aesthetics of any landscape.

Here is a list of some of the top gazebo designs in history around the world:

Ancient Egypt

In ancient Egypt, gazebo structures were built in order for vines to grow for producing wine and raisins. They were considered a part of an “earthly paradise” used to indicate royalty. Ancient Egyptians believed that after death, their gardens including their gazebos, would follow them on their journey to heaven.



The most famous garden in Persia, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, was known for its lavish structure and beauty. Wealthy Persians, in modern day Iran, would escape the heat under one of the gorgeous designed gazebos situated in their own paradise. The gardens were aesthetically pleasing known to raise the spirits. Gazebos were both places to relax, as well as areas to discuss politics and business.


Ancient Greece and Rome 

Some of the better known architectural designs originated from Greece. The most famous historical images of gazebos were found from the Greeks and Romans. Unlike other cultures, the Greeks did not own private gardens to display wealth. Rather, they had public spaces where gardens were built around temples and gazebos were made of marble. Gazebos were smaller structures in the main temple, dedicated to the god or goddess. These areas were considered sacred.

Romans in contrast did own private gardens, which were meant for places of relaxation and refuge from the fast pace life. Much like today, gazebos were used as places for gatherings. Romans considered them as a sign of wealth and celebration.


China and Japan

In China and Japan, gazebos were used as tea houses and for tea ceremonies. They were also used as a place of rest and spiritual observance. In China, gazebos were made of wood and were intended to resist earthquakes. The design portrayed Chinese art and iconography and were painted in Oriental colors of gold, black, and red.

In Japan, gazebos were simple. They were created for formal tea ceremonies and used to relax or for spiritual mediation as well. Similar to the Western world, the Japanese viewed gazebos as a structure of peace and a place for solitude.



Gazebos are often found in our local parks in America. These are places to relax and enjoy a beautiful sunny day. Some couples even hold their wedding ceremony in front of gazebos. Although most of the historical structures are found on the east, American history carries beautiful gazebo designs as well.

Gazebos were in fact a part of the United States presidential history. George Washington used a small, eight sided structure at Mount Vernon. Thomas Jefferson mentioned gazebos as summer houses or pavilions.


Wherever gazebos stand worldwide, they tend to carry the same meaning: a place for relaxation. Gazebos have been significant parts of history, giving us a sense of different cultures back in time. You can enjoy visiting various gazebos around the world, or don’t go far at all! Why not build one right in the comfort of your own yard?  If you’d like to enjoy a nice space to sit back and relax, contact us at Whirl Construction and we can work with you to build the gazebo structure of your choice. 

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