Sunday, June 24, 2007


A gazebo is a pavilion structure commonly found in parks, gardens, and spacious public areas. Gazebos are freestanding, roofed, and open on all sides; they provide shade, basic shelter, ornamental features in a landscape, and a place to rest. In their original use—the word appears in English in 1752— they were sited to take advantage of a view, so much so that among the false etymologies for gazebo are Que c'est beau (French: "How beautiful") and the Macaronic Latin gazebo ("I shall gaze").
Earlier examples of garden pavilions that have survived were more solidly built, though open to views. Pavilions that a later generation might have termed gazebos are the garden houses at Montacute House. Some gazebos in public parks are large enough to serve as bandstands.

Gazebo – Wikipedia.

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