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Pergola: The origins of this beautiful architectural masterpiece



Gardens with Pergolas in Sydney

In Sydney, pergolas are found in some of the nicest homes and they are built to accentuate beautiful gardens. But these outdoor structures did not originate in Sydney, that’s for sure. Different cultures from around the world from centuries back have been building pergolas for different reasons. Let’s take a look at its long history to give you a better appreciation of pergolas.


Pergolas in Ancient Cultures

In China and Egypt, pergolas were built to provide shade. The ancient Egyptians used pergolas to house figs and grapes. Grape vines would creep up these pergolas and the overhanging berries would be within easy reach. In China, pergolas were used as living spaces and temples.

Vine Pergola

Meanwhile, the Romans adapted the practice of growing vines for wine making. Vines would be seen climbing many pergolas in ancient Rome. They provided a green shade and a romantic setting for the Romans. The Romans and Greeks made the pergolas the perfect place to wine and dine with their loved ones. During the Renaissance period, pergolas were prominent in the gardens and homes of aristocratic families.

In France, pergolas became popular in the 1400s after Charles VIII invaded Italy. It has become a masterpiece in the gardens of noble, wealthy, and influential families.


Modern Pergolas

The English gardens of the 17th and 18th centuries had pergolas. You can say that pergolas are a staple of formal English gardening.

Today, you can go in probably any country and see modern varations of pergolas. New, modern materials are being used and computer-aided designs for pergolas make customisation a breeze. It’s no longer just for the aristocracy and for those with vast gardens. Nowadays, pergolas are functional, affordable, and beautiful outdoor structures that can be put up in any home.


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