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Pink flowers and temple | © Relu Jianu/Wikicommons
Pink flowers and temple | © Relu Jianu/Wikicommons
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The Chicago Area Bahá'í Temple You Need To Visit

Picture of April McCallum
Updated: 9 January 2017
While there are currently only seven Bahá’í Houses of Worship in the world, the Bahá’í House of Worship for North America is the oldest surviving house of worship and can be found just north of Chicago in Wilmette, Illinois. This structure, like all of Bahá’í Houses of Worship, was built with and is maintained solely by donations from those that follow the Bahá’í faith; however, it is open and free to all people to visit, regardless of religion.

The house of worship is striking due to the amount of intricate carved detail, from its nine pillars to its large dome. Additionally, the grounds house large gardens that are perfect for quiet meditation and reflection. The temple and gardens are open every day from 6:00am to 10:00pm, but until your next visit, you can see the beauty of this space in these amazing photographs.

Harbor and temple | © stephanie.lafayette/Flickr
Harbor and temple | © stephanie.lafayette/Flickr
Temple and fountain | © Crispin Semmens/Flickr
Temple and fountain | © Crispin Semmens/Flickr
Interior dome | © ctot_not_def/Flickr
Interior dome | © ctot_not_def/Flickr
Interior dome detail | © Sean M. Scully/Wikicommons
Interior dome detail | © Sean M. Scully/Wikicommons
Temple and flowers | © Ashley Gorson/Flickr
Temple and flowers | © Ashley Gorson/Flickr
Temple with pool | © Santi Díaz/Flickr
Temple with pool | © Santi Díaz/Flickr
Engraved words detail | © Ashley Gorson/Flickr
Engraved words detail | © Ashley Gorson/Flickr
Pillar detail | © jckrhn/Pixabay
Pillar detail | © jckrhn/Pixabay
Exterior dome | © WikiTome/Wikicommons
Exterior dome | © WikiTome/Wikicommons
Temple and waterfall | © Purpy Pupple/Wikicommons
Temple and waterfall | © Purpy Pupple/Wikicommons
Pink flowers and temple | © Relu Jianu/Wikicommons
Pink flowers and temple | © Relu Jianu/Wikicommons
Extreme pillar angle | © Sandeep Pawar/Flickr
Extreme pillar angle | © Sandeep Pawar/Flickr
Temple fountain | © GPS/Flickr
Temple fountain | © GPS/Flickr
Temple at night | © GPS/Flickr
Temple at night | © GPS/Flickr
Tree blossoms and temple | © Crispin Semmens/Flickr
Tree blossoms and temple | © Crispin Semmens/Flickr
Water mosaic and temple | © Ashley Gorson/Flickr
Water mosaic and temple | © Ashley Gorson/Flickr