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This attaraction should be a world wonder, it is amazing , the tour from the top of the gardens down to the bottom takes a good few hours and involves a lot of steep steps so if you're not good on your feet opt for...More
The bahai faith seeks to unite Christian, Jewish and Muslims in one faith. Their headquarters is a peaceful place in Haifa, the "City Beautiful", and appropriately has a sloping, manicured, large garden that visitors are most welcome to visit. By all means do s0 -...More
The place is so peaceful and beautiful. We went early in the morning, and saw all of the people working in the gardens. Discovered that they work for free, and have to be of this religion to be able to work there.
If you are in the Haifa area, you really should visit the Shrine and Garden, the world center of the Baha'i faith. The String is open to the public most mornings; the gardens can be viewed, but are not open, on longer hours. The gardens...More
One of my favorite gardens in the world, rich in both beauty and cultural significance. The gardens are jawdroppingly gorgeous, overlooking the vast sea. It's beautifully maintained and the lush garden took away my breath.
Visited upper part of the gardens in an afternoon heat, and they still managed to grasp our attention and take away our breath!
Beware that there are two gardens-one in Acre (Acco), and another in Haifa. Be careful to check website for opening updates-this is...More
I showed my friends the gardens from above, walking along the Louis Promenade. They were amazed as everyone is. Then we viewed it from The German Colony looking up,the Carmel and then we went to the Shrine, which alone inside is a disappointment. But if...More
The inside of the shrine is very simple (limestone walls, white surfaces). It is a mausoleum and pilgrimage site. The shrine is composed of nine rooms (three doors on each side; entered via metal doors from the first two... More
The inside of the shrine is very simple (limestone walls, white surfaces). It is a mausoleum and pilgrimage site. The shrine is composed of nine rooms (three doors on each side; entered via metal doors from the first two rooms on each side of the shrine). The very middle room is where the Bab ("gate" or "door" in English) is interred and cannot be entered but can be seen past the threshold from rooms on each side. A special prayer (in English and Arabic) is framed on the walls of the two rooms looking into the room where the Bab is interred. The front middle room is where Abdu'l-Baha is interred and cannot be entered but can be seen from the rooms on each side. A special prayer for Abdu'l Baha is similarly framed in the two rooms looking into the room where he is interred. The floors are covered with Persian carpets. There are some ornate chandeliers and lamps lighting the interiors. Flowers and flower petals (heavily scented, often Jasmine, orange, and/or rose scents) are placed at the the thresholds looking into the rooms where Abdu'l-Baha and the Bab are buried.
One should enter quietly and respectfully (similar to the Tomb of Christ in Jerusalem or a Holy Site), as there may be pilgrims praying or in meditation (but typically that is earlier or after the Shine is closed to visitors in the afternoon).
You might read about the Bab and Abdu'l-Baha on Wikipedia to understand the purpose and roles of these souls on world history.
The Bab started the Faith in Iran, and gathered many followers within a handful of years, including some very prominent scholars. The Bab became naturally viewed as a threat by certain forces in Iran, was then imprisoned, and finally killed. Many of the Bab's followers were massacred in Iran; others fled or were exiled.
Abdu'l-Baha was widely known during His life. and He had more influence on leaders in science, religions, and world affairs than people realize. He became an important figure in the region during the latter part of his life, from 1908 to 1921.
Abdu'l-Baha was exiled with his father, Baha'u'llah, to Baghdad (1853) and then eventually imprisoned by the Ottoman Empire in Acre (1867). He was eventually released from prison/house arrest in Acre after many years but still under threat from time-to-time. (The prison Abdu'l-Baha and Baha'u'llah were initially kept in Acre is also known as the Citadel and is above the Knights Templar ruins now excavated and well worth seeing in Acre with an audio tour.) Abdu'l-Baha was knighted by British Empire in 1920 for humanitarian work. He traveled to the West and gave a number of notable talks and predictions/warnings in Europe and the US from 1911 to 1913. English translations of some of his talks and written communications can be found online in pdf collections like Paris Talks, Some Answered Questions, and Promulgation of Universal Peace.