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Exploring the Many Ways Pergolas Can Be Used

Updated: Oct 29, 2023


Beauty, decoration, romance . . .


As we explored in a recent post, “How Long Have People Been Building Pergolas?” , people have been building them since ancient Roman times. The Roman philosopher Pliny the Younger, who lived from about 24 until 79 AD, added one to his garden and wrote of it, "I have added a most charming portico, the delight of my heart; I have put up a colonnade, and supported a terrace on arches, which commands a most extensive and lovely view; the weather has been most favorable to my labors, and I think I shall make you confess that you never saw anything more completely elegant."

There is no doubt that pergolas are the most versatile small structures ever invented. If you place one on top of a hill, people will gather there to admire the view. If you install one in an area adjacent to your home, it will become a locus of social activity. Next to a pool, a pergola will become a magnet for bathers. And if you equip it with outdoor cooking capabilities, people will be drawn to it at mealtime. Install some lights, and it will become a place for romance after the sun sets.

And that’s not the whole story of the many ways pergolas can be used. To learn more, let’s discover some of the most impressive and exciting ways pergolas have been used around the world.



We are not saying these are the most famous pergolas in the universe, though they could be. Let’s explore.

  • Alhambra Palace, Granada, Spain: The Alhambra features beautiful courtyards with pergola-like structures covered in vines, adding to the charm and aesthetics of this historic palace.

  • Pergamon Museum, Berlin, Germany: The Pergamon Museum houses impressive reconstructions of ancient structures, including the Pergamon Altar, a monumental Hellenistic pergola-like structure dating back to the 2nd century BC.

  • Pergola and Parvis des Poètes, Paris, France: Located in Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, this pergola is surrounded by lush greenery and is a popular spot for relaxation and picnics in the heart of Paris.

  • Pergola at Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Italy: The Renaissance-era Villa d'Este has a famous pergola that overlooks its stunning gardens and fountains, making it a UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • Pergola at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, France: Located on the French Riviera, this pergola is part of the beautiful Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, known for its stunning gardens. This could be the most elegant wedding locale in Europe, if not in the world.

  • Pergola in the Public Garden, Boston, USA: The Boston Public Garden boasts a picturesque pergola-covered walkway, making it a popular spot for both tourists and locals.

  • Serralves Foundation, Porto, Portugal: The gardens at the Serralves Foundation include beautiful pergolas, offering a tranquil escape within the city.

  • The Pergola and Hill Garden, London, UK: This pergola is in Hampstead Heath and was built in the early 20th century. It offers stunning views of the city and is known for its romantic atmosphere.

These are just a few examples of pergolas that have gained recognition for their architectural or historical significance. Pergolas can be found in many parks, gardens, and historic sites around the world, each with its own unique charm and appeal.

And Where Will Your Pergola Be?


Where will you place your pergola? What kind of romance and enjoyment will your pergola create for you?


For inspiration and practical knowledge, be sure to review some of our projects, we offer a wide range of high-quality pergolas. While you are visiting, be sure to fill out the online form and get a free quote on the pergola of your dreams.


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