Bahai Shrine and Gardens, Haifa
The Bahá'í World Centre, the focal point of the International Bahá'i community is not only the spiritual centre of the Bahá'í-world, but also the administrative heart.
Depite the religious background of the place members of all religions or no religion at all can feel the harmony, beauty and peacefulness of this place. If you want to let your mind rest for a while in the middle of your trip, visiting to this place is totally worth it!! The gardens consist of 19 terraces with beautiful fountains and flowers, marble benches and pathways made of red rubble.
In the 10th terrace lays the beautiful Shrine of the Báb, who is one of the two founders of the Bahá'í faith. Shrine of the Bahá'u'lláh is in Ákka, just across the Haifa bay.
The administrative buildings are built in the most beautiful style, ressembling the antique buildings of Greece but having a harmonic, modern touch. The administrative buildings are on the "arch" just by the Shrine of the Báb.
"The earth is but one country and mankind it's citizens." -Bahá'u'lláh-
The most popular attraction in Haifa is by far the Baha’i gardens and its golden domed Shrine of the Bab which is the resting place of Herald, prophet of Baha’i faith but also the focal point of the International Baha’i community and its administrative center which is a building inside the gardens that looks like an ancient greek temple!.
The gardens can be found sitting on the hillside overlooking Haifa harbor over the German Colony with the Shrine in the central level of the gardens. Although they are formal gardens (many nice flowers, fountains, some sculptures etc but the impressive thing is that there are actually 19 terraces all the way up to northern slope of mount Carmel) they are very well preserved (most gardeners are volunteers that come and work here) and it was pretty relaxing to walk around. Don’t forget that this is actually a religious site(the holiest site of pilgrimage for the members of the Bahá'í faith).
There are 3 different individual entrances (lower, central and upper level), you can enter for free in any of them and take pictures but you wont be allowed to change level without a guided tour. That’s why we preferred to start from the top level and follow the English tour at noon that went slowly downhill with several stops to take pictures. The beautiful guide was very informative about Siyyud Ali Muhammad (aka Bab) a nobleman who was the founder of Baha’i faith in Persia/Iran (mid 19th century) where he made the prophecy of the upcoming Baha’ullah. The religion focusing on unity of humanity, all religions into one, no different races etc
He was imprisoned in a dark damp cell in Tehran and later in Akko where he died and buried in 1892… no surprise this religion focuses on light that much.
The guide also answered lots of questions we made although she had to handle people that were in a hurry to go down and out!
Many others just visited the upper level, took some pictures (there’s panoramic breathtaking view) and left without following the tour (by the way the entrance for the tour is 100m west of the main entrance) which isn’t a bad choice if you have limited time in Haifa.
The gardens are open daily 9.00-17.00 (inner gardens and shrine 9.00-12.00)
There’s no entrance fee for the gardens or the tour and there’s no need for reservation (unless you are a group of 25 or more). Check for timetable here (watch out, there’s no tour on Wednesday)
The Bahai shrine and gardens dominate the Haifa scenery and look different from each place in the city. The gardens are beautifully laid out and well worth a tour. The guides explain about this unique religion and show you around the Shrine of the Bab, with its wonderful golden dome.
Ok I had never heard before about this religion, before we decided to go to Israel and I saw about this gardens. It seems that here is the Shrine of the Bab.
We got to know that the World Center of the Bahai faith is located in Israel and includes holy places and beautiful gardens in both Acre and Haifa.
The Bab (Siyyid 'Ali-Muhammad), Forerunner of Baha'u'llah, the Founder of the aha'i religion, is buried in the golden-domed mausoleum.
Please remember you have to cover yourself there
This is one of the most beautiful places in the north area. this Gradens and shrine are Located on a High point and goes down about 500 mr. This is the ceneter of the Bahays in the world and a holly place for them.
Please Note, for a visit in the Bahai Shrine and Gardens you MUST make reservation for a tour, there's no entrance without an appt.
There is NO charge for visit and tour !!
One more rull of The bahai, is dress modest., No entrance with shorts, and girls please take cover if you wear a shirt which doesnt really cover much...
Abit more about the Bahai Gardens and Shrine in: A little about the Bahai Beliefes at: http://www.bahai.org/
If Haifa is famous for anything nowadays, it has to be the Bahai temple and gardens on the slope of Mount Carmel. According to a recent newspaper article, almost half of all tourists to Haifa go there just to see the gardens (now a World Heritage Site). Tours are free, but you need to call in advance to join one of the groups that go either up or down the mountain. The tour guides will tell you the story of Siyyud Ali Muhammad, aka the Bab (meaning “door”), who invented a new religion in mid-19th century Iran, which got him executed by a firing squad.
His remains were hidden by his followers for 60 years, until they were buried in a mausoleum on the Carmel.
The Bab prophesied the coming of the Baha’ullah (meaning “splendor of God”), who was thrown into a dungeon in Tehran, exiled four times and finally imprisoned in Akko. After spending so much time in dark, damp jail cells, maybe it is not that strange that the founders of the Bahai religion hailed light as a metaphor for spiritual illumination, and lush gardens became a synonym for spiritual life.
So yes, by all means go see the Bahai gardens. They are gorgeous – no question about it. But I must tell you that as I walked through this paradise on earth some years ago, I felt a vague sense of unease. The perfection and symmetry are not to be believed. The gardeners use rulers and measuring tapes when they do their pruning to insure that every plant and hedge is perfectly uniform in shape and size. So you are walking through a Garden of Eden - but it is a very controlled one, with very little left up to nature.
Not long ago, I saw a TV documentary about the Bahai that backed up my intuition that there is something vaguely sinister about the place. It turns out that underneath the fabulous terraced gardens laid out with such precision is a gigantic underground hideout complete with bomb shelters, conference rooms, doctors’ clinics, dining hall, supermarket and parking garages – all spotlessly shiny and clean…and eerily empty.
The bahai shrine is the center of the bahai religion.
There is beautiful gardens and the shrine with the golden dome where the founder of this religion is buried.
The view from here is amazing and the dome is very beautiful too.
Renovated in the last years, the Bahai Gardens are the most tourist atractive place in Haifa. You can go on a tour inside the gardens and into the golden dome, bt the most beautifull sight is looking at the gardens from the street below.
The Golden Dome is a shrine, not a temple, where the Bab (ar. "the Gate") and Baha'u'llah's son Abdu'l-Baha are buried. It's in the Bahai Gardens. You can reach it from the united nation avenue(shderot hatzionut) every day from 09:00a.m. to 12:00 . No need for reservation or organised tour, just walk in. The inside is nice but modest compare with the outside and the sorounding garden. Don't forget to take off your shoes when u enter
The Bahai Shrine is one of Haifas most significant symbols and the second most important site in the Bahai religioun.
The Babs remains were buried at the site in 1909. Therefore, its the second most important center in the Bahai religion.
In 1953 the shrines golden dome and the new columns were inaugurated according to the design of the Canadian architect William Sutherland Maxwell. The shrine combains both western and eastern elements in its style.
The shrine is used for prays and meditations, and not for religious ritual. The decorations around it were made for beauty and with no religoious intents.
The shrine is open all week days from 9:00 to 12:00 A.M.
The most beautiful gardens which are absolutely the reason to visit Haifa!
The sites have a special significance to Bahá'ís because of the historical associations with the birth and development of the religion.
In 1890 Mount Carmel was chosen as the place to laid to rest the Bab of Baha'is. Arround it were established the administrative centre of the religion. The terraces as hanging gardens on the slopes of the Carmel range to create an appropriate setting and approach for this Shrine, like a golden ring for a precious diamond.
18 monumental terraces from the foot to the top of Mount Carmel, nine above and nine below the Shrine.
You must confirm reservation in the tel. no. below. Free entrance.
It will be a shame to visit the Bahai's gardens and miss the beautiful golden domed temple. Though you can go really inside... Just give a look through the door, toward the place where the remains of Said Ali Muhamad, one of the two founders of the Bahai faith are.
The temple is open everyday from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 a.m. So be aware to add it your terraces' tour, and enjoy the gradens encircle it.
From Galy's Haifa page:
"The Golden Dome is a shrine, not a temple, where the Bab (ar. "the Gate") and Baha'u'llah's son Abdu'l-Baha are buried. It's in the Bahai Gardens. You can reach it from the united nation avenue(shderot hatzionut) every day from 09:00a.m. to 12:00 . No need for reservation or organised tour, just walk in. The inside is nice but modest compare with the outside and the sorounding garden. Don't forget to take off your shoes when u enter"
The Golden Dome of the Shrine is impressive & can be seen from all over Haifa.
The Shrine of the Bab, has the Tomb of Bab inside, who is the man who came up with the BaHa'i Faith, Baha'u'llah. Which means the Spendour of God.
Baha'u'llah founded the off shoot of Islam faith in 1844, he was a Muslim Mystic. Their belief is that prophets will continue to come & teach us as they have done through history.
Prophets of the BaHa'i Faith include Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Zoroaster, Baha'u'llah and even Buddha.
As well as the Shrine, there are also some beautiful gardens to wander around, relax in and admire the Haifa views.
These gardens, located in the heart of Haifa, comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, stands on the central terrace, looking across the bay towards ‘Akko.
While different parts of the gardens offer a variety of experiences, they speak in a common language of graveled paths, hedges and flower beds groomed and nurtured by dedicated gardeners. The gardens frame panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea.
There are several ways to visit: If you wish to discover the gardens on your own, you can visit any of the three areas that are accessible from different parts of the city, as shown on the interactive site map below. To learn more about these areas, hover or click on the numbers identifying the entrances.