Bahai Gardens. Israel
The northern part of Israel, the third largest city in the country – the port of Haifa. Here you will find the “The Eighth Wonder of the World”, the main local attraction of these places. The Bahai Gardens (Baha’i World Centre) is one of the most beautiful and the most visited places in Israel. The magnificent Bahai Gardens are located on the slope of the Mount Carmel in Haifa. The park area is divided into nineteen terraces, going down to the shore of Haifa Bay by cascade.
The main architectural landmark of the garden and the symbol of the city – is a temple of the Baha’i religion, topped with 40-meter high golden dome (Shrine of the Báb). The building was erected in 1953. The essence of the Baha’i religion is in finding pure love, orderliness and harmony. The garden is a place of pilgrimage for followers of Baha’i teachings. Terraces and flower compositions, alleys and lawns, everything here is made in the Persian style, and represents the most important life stages of Baha’u’llah, the founder and prophet of the Baha’i Faith.
Gorgeous beds, lovely hedges, gilded sculptures and lanterns – all this reminds oriental fairy tale! Here you can find fig trees, olive trees, rosemary, palm trees, oranges, eucalyptus trees and cacti. Professional gardeners and volunteers of the Baha’i are engaged in the care of trees and shrubs (total of about 90 people).
These fabulous gardens were designed by architect Fariborz Sahba, who was also the author of the Lotus Temple or the Baha’i house of worship in New Delhi. The decision of the location was focused on the fact that people entering the shady alleys thought about the meaning of life and felt the harmony of the world. The gardens were made in the form of nine circles with a single center – the mausoleum of Bab. The Bab is considered to be an independent Manifestation of God and at the same time the predecessor of Bahá’u’lláh. The elements of concentric framing of the shrine are comparable to the Baha’i holy ceremony of the circumvention around as a tribute to the dedication and love.
Bahai gardens were opened for visiting in 2001. In July 2008, they were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The gardens are open for the tourists free of charge (all days of the week except Wednesday). But first and foremost, they serve as a place for thinking and “meditation” for followers of the Baha’i. Here you will find peace and tranquility, enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscape, the scent of a variety of flowers.