Moon Gate

John Gaffen

London, United Kingdom

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View of a Moon Gate in Palm Grove Garden, Devonshire Parish, Bermuda. A moon gate is a circular opening in a garden wall that acts as a pedestrian passageway, and a traditional architectural element in Chinese gardens. Moon Gates have many different spiritual meanings for every piece of tile on the gate and on the shape of it. The sloping roofs of the gate represent the half moon of the Chinese Summers and the tips of the tiles of the roof have talisman on the ends of them. Chinese Gardens are often used as a display of class and beauty in many different Western Cultures. Often, the Moon Gate is mistakenly thought to be a Japanese architectural structure, even though the Japanese discovered Moon Gates when they went into China. The purpose of these gates is to serve as a very inviting entrance into gardens of the rich upper class in China. The gates were originally only found in the gardens of wealthy Chinese nobles. A rounded span of coral blocks arranged in a circular arch above a wooden gate, the moon gate was introduced to Bermuda around 1920 by the Duke of Westminster’s landscape architect, who got his inspiration from such gates in China and Japan. Today moon gates are often used during Wedding ceremonies on Bermuda. Newlyweds walk through the gate to assure a life-time of good luck together.

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