Bahá’í Gardens – Haifa

The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa and the Terraces, are a series of eighteen terraces along the slope of the Carmel Mountain, plus one containing the Shrine of the Báb. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most visited, and more modern sites in Israel (it was completed in the 2000s).

The Bahá’í religion is relatively new (founded in the 19th century in Persia), and is monothestic religion, recognizing Abraham, the Buddha, Christ, Muhammad, and more recently the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh as messengers from God. They stress the unity of God, religion, and mankind.

The gardens are very impressive. The eighteen terraces represent the first eighteen disciples of the Báb and in the center sits the Shrine of the Báb (2-6). The rest of the garden boasts an impressive irrigation system, but the garden is perpetually closed to tourists. Only the top and bottom terraces, and the Shrine terrace are open, and the rest is accessible only by tour.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on April 13, 2011.

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