Located just off the southeast coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean, Bermuda is a popular destination for vacationers looking for a sunny escape on pink sand beaches. Along with stunning scenery, Bermuda boasts some fascinating architectural features; one of the most intriguing is the moongate – a series of architectural gateways that have become one of the island’s national symbols.
With over 40 moongates found throughout Bermuda, the now-familiar structures draw in visitors from near and far. The first moongate appeared in Bermuda in the mid-19th century when a sea captain was inspired to re-create the gate he saw in the gardens and doorways of nobles in China during his travels. After returning home, he used limestone from the island to construct his own moongate in the garden of his home. It wasn’t until 1924 that the first public moongate was constructed at the Bermudiana Hotel where the Duke of Westminster’s landscape architect included one in the design of the building’s grounds.
Over the years, as Bermuda became a popular destination for honeymooners, a new belief emerged: if lovers walk through the gate while holding hands, they will find eternal love and happiness. Today, they serve as a symbol of good fortune and a popular backdrop for photos. We’ve scouted out five moongates around Bermuda to find luck and love – and to make a few wishes on your next trip.