Hi Bahai in Haifa
The Bahai World Center (comprising the Shrine of the Bab, the terraced gardens surrounding it, and administrative buildings on the Carmel's northern slope) is an important site of worship and the headquarters of the Bahai. It is also Haifa's most visible and visited tourist attraction.
The Bahai faith was founded by Bahaullah in Persia in the 19th century. There are approximately six million Bahai in more than 200 countries around the world. The Bahai religion emphasizes peace, tolerance, and unity throughout the world, which seems pretty cool to me, although I'm not a Bahai and don't know all the details about their faith. I do know that they are not allowed to drink alcohol, which is a bit of a drawback in my opinion, but then again I don't drink much, anyway. The terraces of the Bahai Gardens are arranged in such a way that 9 terraces are above and 9 below the Shrine of the Bab. Also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa and described as the Eighth Wonder of the World, they are one of the most visited tourist attractions, not only in Haifa, but supposedly in the whole country. The architect is Fariborz Sahba from Canada and the gardens made him world famous. Not that I knew who the architect of the gardens was, but I hope he'll forgive me.
The terraces represent the first 18 disciples of the Bab, who were designated "Letter of the Living". I am glad they are still alive, although I'm not sure if they were talking about the disciples or the terraces.
9 concentric circles provide the main geometry of the 18 terraces. The 9 concentric circles also have a deeper meaning, unfortunately I forgot which one it is. The 18 terraces plus the 1 terrace of the Shrine of the Bab result in 19 terraces total, according to the laws of basic math. 19 is a significant number according to the basic laws of the Bahai religion. I am quite curious to know why, but they didn't tell me.
The Technion University
The Technion was founded in 1924 and its one of the most well known universities in Israel. The Technoin moved to its present location in 1953 and its high tower on the Carmel mountains is visible from every point in the city.
According to the Statistics of 2004 there are 18 faculties in the Technion and about 13,000 students.
Lately, in 2004, professors Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover won the Nobel prizee in chemistry.
The German Colony
Visit the German Colony in the lower city. Here you'll find beautiful, reconstructed, 19th century houses, built by the German templars who had lived here. The German were sent to exile in Australia by the British during World War II. The entire area is now reconstructed and is full with cafés and restaurants. Looking up, one can see the amazing Bahai Gardens and Shrine (see travelogue). You can find more information in http://www.tour-haifa.co.il/Eng/germancolony/index.phtml.
Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God? Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:27-31
The Festival of Festivals
the festival of festivals is celebrated in the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood of Haifa at Christmas/Ramadan/Hanuka and is a wonderful example of the peaceful coexistence that is characteristic of this city.
There is an antiques fair and the streets are full of food stalls , decorations,christmas lights and fun.
There is also entertainment for kids.It is every year in December.(I think it is every Saturday for a month)
There are walking tours through the neighborhood, the route is marked out with yellow footprints.