Bahá'í Shrines and Gardens in Haifa
The Bahá’í faith has significantly grown in strength and is today practiced by some 5m people. With a history of pilgrimage, Israel is home to several Bahá’i holy places and two are listed as Unesco World Heritage Sites: the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa and the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Acre. As well as holding religious value, the shrines are some of the most visited sites in the Middle East due to their breath-taking gardens, planned by Iranian architect Fariborz Sahba. The hanging gardens of Haifa ascend up 19 colourful terraces of Persian Nishat Bagh and English gardens on Mount Carmel, before reaching the gold-domed Shrine of the Báb. From here, you can look out towards Haifa Bay and see the Bahá’í’s most sacred area, the Western Galilee, where the El Bahja shrine marks Prophet Bahá’u’lláh’s place of death.