That may be why nature often helps us feel happy and calm. The World Heritage inscription of the Baha’i Holy Places emphasizes their deep spiritual value and the tradition of pilgrimage in the Baha’i faith. Bahá’ís too undertake pilgrimage, and each year thousands of Bahá’ís take the opportunity to forge a profound and lasting connection with the spiritual and administrative centre of their Faith, located in the Haifa-‘Akká area of what is now northern Israel. Baha'is can thus sacralize all of the spaces in their life. A different world again: warm and dusty here. You can access the shrine’s interior as long as you do not photograph anything therein (somewhat uniquely, the guard at the entrance demanded that I physically cover the lenses of my camera with a cap before coming in). There doesn’t seem much to oppose in fact!! So we decided to have a look around the top area first and come back at 11.25 to start queuing for the English tour. I am not convinced that it counts as Outstanding Universal Value, but the two main compounds mentioned on the inscription, one in the center of Haifa and one on the outskirts of Acre, also happen to be fine examples of formal gardening, which makes at least the one in Haifa a nearly must-see on any itinerary in Israel. Frontiers of Learning. There are eight Bahá’í Temples around the world—in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, India, Australia, and the South Pacific. The shrine of Baha'u'llah at Bahji, north of the city of 'Akka, is regarded by Baha'is as the holiest place on earth. Baha'i World News Service | Sep 22, 2019. This site deserves its inscription on the World Heritage List mostly on its importance to the Baha'i Faith, not its architectural merit (although I think the garden could hold up to the best in the world). Etymology. Baháʼí World News Service. Held on Thursday on the grounds of the Baha’i Lotus Temple, a well-known place of worship in India and abroad, a symposium organized by the country’s Baha’i community brought together about 80 people, including religious leaders, students, scholars, and others. If he plans to continue to reside outside Israel, his enrollment can be accepted, but he will then be subject to the same restrictions about travel to Israel as any other Baha'i, in that he could do so only with the express permission of the Universal House of Justice. In any event, the Universal House of Justice should be informed of any such declaration” Very strange! The shrine and its gardens make great tourist attractions, and they do have great religious significance and reflect some cultural traditions of its Iranian origin, but overall, it's not really enough to convince me that it's worthy of its WHS title. Lo Sprague. Collection 1; September 1, 2018 (The Baha'i World 1950-1954) Email This BlogThis! "Photos of the Baháʼí World Centre buildings in Haifa". Sacred buildings and places can also fill us with wonder and inspiration. BIG mistake!!! 2.590 Average The designated site consists of 26 different monuments in the northern Israeli cities Acre and Haifa. Enter a visual journey to a place of beauty and spirituality. Während eines 38-Jahres hat er mehr als 1500-heilige Stätten in 165-Ländern besucht. The Door to the House of the Bab in Shiraz, Iran (this sacred spot for the Baha'i faith was destroyed after the Iranian revolution). It is a nice, elegant building: but not spectacular, it would not top anyones list of most amazing buildings. The view from the bottom of the gardens at night is spectacular and it is a great place to eat in the evening as well. Really just bad luck. Such merit as the entire collection possessed related solely to the value placed upon them by the Bahai faith – which ICOMOS didn’t feel qualified to pass judgement on!! on foot or by taxi! Only positive thing I would like to stress was the magnificent view from the site towards the bay of Haifa, and a delicate atmosphere inside the shrine (at the entrance to the shrine, which si the most important place of this religion, a guide - handsome guy - told me the basic data about the religion and other useful information). pilgrimage to several Bahá'í sacred sites in Israel. I had bad luck with my visit to Baha'i gardens and the Shrine of the Bab in Haifa. See more ideas about haifa, places, bahai faith. This is the only way to visit the site but these visits cost nothing. The shrine was also under construction so the site wasn't that impressing looking. More are planned around the globe. We had intended trying to fit in several of the 11 locations at Haifa and Akko within this inscription but, in the end, time constraints limited us to the North Slope of Mt Carmel and its structures - or such as non-believers are allowed to see/enter!! In summary: it is a tourist trap, I can see reason of inscription only to attract the tourist for visiting of Haifa, that is perfectly located but do not offer anything that can be called as a world class site. So this means the Terrace Gardens and external views of the Shrine of the Bab together with the “Arc” of administrative buildings which are situated next to the terraces (The Seat of the Universal House of Justice, Seat of the International Teaching Centre, the International Archives and the Centre for the Study of the Sacred Texts). However it is situated in the best possible spot in relation to the gardens. Light to the World. My expectations for a visit to the Haifa’s Baha’i Gardens included the key assumption that I would be able to enjoy walking in the gardens on my own – and although I had sufficient number of warnings from the interwebs and from my Israeli relatives that that was not the case, it came as a huge disappointment when I finally realized that I could not do that. NEW DELHI — A diverse group of participants in India’s capital city explored the role that places of worship play in contemporary society. You need to reserve a guided tour in which you get to hear about the Bahai faith. In my visit to Akko I took the local bus to Bahje house and the Baha'i gardens around it. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories. But one thing does surprise me – its approach to Israelis both in Israel and elsewhere - “in keeping with a policy that has been strictly followed since the days of Bahaullah, Baha'is do not teach the Faith in Israel. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá'ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories. Many Bahá’ís visit other sacred sites when they go on a pilgrimage—a nine-day journey in Israel. We actually arrived at 10.55 from out of town and found just a handful of people waiting for the 11am Hebrew tour. On my first trip I could only take photos through the gate. As such, only criterion vi could even be considered appropriate (“Directly or tangibly associated with .. beliefs and traditions” etc) which was a problem as the WHC didn’t like inscriptions on vi alone and ICOMOS didn’t consider that criterion iii was met! 1 2 3 next. In any case they did not impress. This makes a complete picture of loveliness. The gardens are terraced, which makes them look neat from both above and below. A profusion of purple a green colours greet the visitor. Baha'i World News Service | Sep 20, 2019. Likewise, the Faith is not taught to Israelis abroad if they intend to return to Israel”…….”whenever an Israeli citizen living in the West, irrespective of his background and religious affiliation, declares his belief and interest in becoming a member of the Baha'i community, he should be informed that the Faith is not taught in Israel and that there is no Baha'i community there apart from those who are associated with the Baha'i World Center. BahaiPictures.com. The Baha’i Faith is a scriptural religion. Doorman at the gate gives you an information leaflet in your own language (he said they have it in every language, I doubt it). Needless to say, it's a stunning sight to see, and there isn't really any place like this in the world. 37 Votes The gardens follow the "falling" type, meaning they literally cover the entire sloap of the mountain. The local Baha'i-temple is the shiny highlight in this rather disappointing city (sorry to the locals!). A wide selection of photographs of the Baha’i Holy Places and gardens in Haifa and Bahjí. Design Concept for the Shrine of Abdu’l-Baha Unveiled . 31 March 2009. In English, the word Baháʼí is used either as an adjective to refer to the Baháʼí Faith or as a term for a follower of Baháʼu'lláh. This film captures the insights and experiences of people from four communities across the world whose efforts to build vibrant communities are at the frontiers of learning. You can access the outer gardens through the day, but the inner part around the shrine is also only open to visitors from 9am to 12noon, and then there is a part of the overall complex that is out of bounds until after 12noon. Das Weltpilgerführer Die Website ist die umfassendste Informationsquelle zu diesem Thema. Nevertheless, I would rather stay in Tel Aviv anyway. The focal point of the inner gardens here is visually understated Shrine of Baha’u’llah, where you get a short free lecture about the life and times of this founder of the religion before you enter. I have visited the Baha'i Holy Places twice now, and both times I've had limited access to the gardens in Haifa. Having seen them from the bottom in the evening (visitors are allowed to ascend just to the first “balcony”) we went to the top the next day and planned to take the noon English tour down through the gardens. But where should UNESCO stop in trying to be even handed towards the central sites of all religions and cultures irrespective of their artistic/architectural merit? The Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee represent the Bahá’i faith and their pilgrimage tradition. Archived from the original on 18 December 2018 Sacred Places. A feature film about the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. More interesting was to watch the pilgrims going to see the holiest place of their religion. The holiest spot on the planet for Bahá’ís is the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh at Bahjí, near ‘Akká. Bahá’u’lláh lived in a majestic home at Bahjí in His final years. The Terraces were built as recently as 1990-2001 whilst the Arc buildings date to the 1950s through to the 1980s. There you can again freely descend to the first “balcony” without taking a “tour”. Arising to Serve. There is no doubt that the terraces are “impressive” for their grandiosity, climbing some 225 metres in 1 km, particularly when seen from the bottom (at top end of Ben Guirion St, Haifa’s - main restaurant area). On to the Shrine, which pales in comparison to the gardens. Tea House and Fellowship House, Green Acre, USA - 1924. To improve your experience, we use cookies on this website. Bahá’í Temples are gathering places for prayer and meditation by people of all faiths. 2.47 Score, Re-consider its scope and put in place stronger protection, The site has With a private driver-guide, I was able to see the gardens and the Shrine of Bab both from above and from below. The Bahá'í Faith is a religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in nineteenth-century Persia. The Mormon Tabernacle (there are 3 times as many Mormons in the world as Bahais)? Situated in the heart of magnificent gardens, these two spots are the most holy places in the Bahá'í world. The Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee represent the Bahá’i faith and their pilgrimage tradition. Baha'i Buildings & Places Photos and brief descriptions of sacred Baha’i historical places and buildings, as well as places and buildings associated with the Baha’i Faith. Clearly there is a problem evaluating sites in terms of OUV when their value is primarily/solely to the religion they represent – with their inscription on the basis of just criteria iii and vi the Bahai holy places are in the same company as Lumbini, Fujisan and Sulaiman-too. The shrine itself dates back to an original “simple” building from 1899-1909 but was given its current grandiose appearance with gold dome and Corinthian columns between 1948/53. Light to the World . Not only by the temple but also by the city of Haifa. The Shrine of Bab was completed in 1953, 55 years before it was inscribed, and the gardens only in 2001, 7 years before inscription. It is derived from the Arabic Baháʼ (بهاء), meaning "glory" or "splendor".. Bahá’í Holy Places Shrine of Bahá’ú’lláh, Acre (Enlarge) Shrine of Bahá’ú’lláh, Acre (Enlarge) Shrine of the Báb, Haifa (Enlarge) Sacred Texts: Baha'i. Located on Mount Carmel in Haifa among lush terraced gardens, the shrine is visited by people from many faiths. This film captures the insights and experiences of people from four communities across the world whose efforts to build vibrant communities are at the frontiers of learning . The view from the gardens over Haifa, and the plains and mountains of Israel is one of the best views you will ever find in Israel. Gardens are closed if it's rainy day (because the stairs are really slippery when they're wet) and it was raining every morning of my stay so the gardens stayed closed. Each one is circular, with nine sides and nine gardens. I have a tinge of regret that I did not plan on including a guided tour of the gardens in Haifa, and will probably come back for that in the future. Bahá’u’lláh lived in a majestic home at Bahjí in His final years. The Bahai religion generally gets a “good press” with its messages of equality, universality and peace and the discrimination against its adherents in many countries past and present. Arising to Serve. The gardens are great, and make good use of the path in the artistic beauty, something not seen everywhere. Disappointingly, you are only allowed to step downhill as stepping uphill is reserved for Bahai pilgrims. Perhaps I was no longer mentally attuned to appreciating what I was seeing but I found the series of identical balconies with their similar gardens and cheap looking red gravel rather boring – especially as the shrine we were approaching was closed to us anyway. The view from the top over Haifa is fine but no better than from other places along the same road. As the largest single digit, nine is a symbol of unity. Bahá’ís Believe: World Religions Are from One God, Bahá’ís Believe: Service to Humanity Is Worship, Bahá’ís Believe: Seek Truth with an Open Mind, Bahá’ís Believe: Developing Virtues Is a Life Journey, Bahá’ís Believe: Harmony of Science and Religion, My Bahá’í Pilgrimage During a Crazy Global Pandemic Post 12, Shining Lamp: Hájí Mírzá Habíbu’lláh (1875-1951), My Bahá’í Pilgrimage During a Crazy Global Pandemic Post 11, My Bahá’í Pilgrimage During a Crazy Global Pandemic Post 10, Super Symmetries: The Magic of Mirror Images, My Bahá’í Pilgrimage During a Crazy Global Pandemic Post 9. The two most holiest places in the Baha'i religion are the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Acre and the Shrine of Bab in Haifa, Israel. I did half a day trip to Haifa from Tel Aviv 3 years ago, and was very disappointed. You cannot access the sloping garden terraces without a guided tour; free tours in several languages are offered once a day each from the topmost part of the gardens, but none of the English, Russian, or even Hebrew-language tours fit into my itinerary time-wise. The city is built against a steep slope. A feature film about the life and teachings of Bahá’u’lláh. I think that if you like gardens this place is worth of visit, by bus it was only 10 minutes from Akko. In general however, the Baha'i concept is that any place where God is remembered and mentioned becomes by that very fact a sacred place. The first concluded that the nominated buildings really had no architectural merit at all (“The OUV of the collection of buildings cannot be justified in terms of their intrinsic historical, artistic or scientific merits”). The gardens are beautiful and are one of the top attractions for tourists visiting Haifa. The Bahá'í Faith is a religion founded by Bahá'u'lláh in nineteenth-century Persia. A Photo Journal by Dr. You get the see the gardens outside which were very clean and straight like the ones in Haifa. With the increase of knowledge many other interests (archaeology, history, natural history, and, more recently, geology and sociology) have attracted visitors. Follow Us on Instagram @bahaiteachings. Make sure to check before you arrive as to the operating hours of the garden and if there are any holy days or other special events going on. The Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh marks the location of Bahá'u'lláh's passing. x. For many centuries the Holy Land has been a place of religious pilgrimage. The Baha'i sacred writings flow out from the two central documents of the Baha'i Revelation, the Kitab-i-Ahd, the Covenant of Baha'u'llah, and the Will and Testament of 'Abdu'l-Baha. At the top of the gardens, you get a great view of the entire city and the harbor. Providing information on Baha'i Holy Places, Baha'i Holy Days, Baha'i writings, Feast programs, devotional programs and Holy Day program suggestions. The Cao Dai temple in Tay Nihn? The gardens show some influence from Persia, where the religion was actually founded, but without the Islamic elements. Prezi’s Big Ideas 2021: Expert advice for the new year; Dec. 15, 2020. 11 locations, The site has The house, which was the home of Baha'ullah, is open only in the morning (for Baha'is it's always open) so it was closed when I visited it in the afternoon. Jan 7, 2019 - Shrine of the Bab, Baha'i Gardens and Monuments, The Ark, The Universal House of Justice, Bahji, Shrine of Baha'u'llah, Mount Carmel Haifa, Israel. Uplifting Words is a Baha'i Faith inspired blog. Today His shrine is surrounded by peaceful gardens. At least they didn’t shut the door after the first 60 but it was 12.40 before we got in on a Hebrew language tour we could have gone on 1 hr 40 minutes earlier! Part of the reason it looks so great and shining and pristine, however, is the reason why it might not be a very worthy WHS. I visited Haifa on the way to the Galilee in April 2018, and obviously, I had to check out the Bahai Gardens the city is best known for. January may not have been the best time to see the gardens even in Israel and large areas were looking a bit thin. My overall visit to the gardens in Haifa lasted about an hour and a half, including driving between the three points of access. Gapyeong Unification Church? It is clearly a modern site, and although it has huge religious significance, doesn't actually have historic value. It should be said that there is nothing of specific note to photograph inside the shrine anyway; it has the feel of a sparsely-decorated mosque. He cannot be accepted into the Baha'i community if he is planning to return to Israel to reside there. © 2021 National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the U.S. A documentary film about the community-building efforts of the Baha’i world. It is a peacefully, pretty place. August 17, 2018. Baha’i Sacred Texts. Pages. Criterion (iii): The Holy shrine of Bahá’u’lláh and the Holy shrine of the Báb, as the most holy places of the Bahá’í faith, and visited by thousands of pilgrims each year from around the world, provide an exceptional testimony to, and are powerful communicators of, the strong cultural tradition of Bahá’í … The view down the terraces themselves I didn’t find as impressive as looking up. The gardens in Acre are much flatter in topography and significantly less impressive. Many Bahá’ís visit other sacred sites when they go on a pilgrimage—a nine-day journey in Israel. Baháʼís do not have access to other places designated as sites for pilgrimage. 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