Bahai News - SPECIAL EDITION Travel Foreign Attractions
SPECIAL EDITION Travel Foreign Attractions
Source: Associated Press
Publication date: 2001-04-02
Haifa's Fabulous Gardens
There are 19 ascending garden terraces, intricately planted with flowers,
topiary, blossoming bushes and lawns and connected with stone staircases,
reaching two-thirds of a mile up the side of Mount Carmel. Halfway up is the
golden-domed Shrine of the Bab, and at the summit, the site where 3000 years
ago the prophet Elijah fought the 400 priests of Baal.
These are the new Baha'i Gardens in Haifa, Israel, opening May 22 with
Baha'i faithful from around the world witnessing their inuaguration.
Under development since 1987, the gardens cost more that $250 million and
involved about 2,500 construction workers and gardeners.
They were designed by Fariburz Sahba, known for his plan of the Baha'i
Lotus Temple in India. Terraces in his Haifa design represent nine concentric
circles seeming to emanate from the Shrine of the Bab, which houses the grave
of the Bab, Siyyid Ali-Muhammad, martyr of the Baha'i faith. "The Shrine of
the Bab is envisaged as a precious gem, for which the terraces provide the
setting, like a golden ring for a precious diamond," the designer says.
For more information:
Israel Ministry of Tourism - 1 (888) 77-ISRAEL; http://www.goisrael.com
History Written in Stone
Two large stones etched with runes, still standing in the Danish village
of Jelling after more than a thousand years, proclaim crucial events in the
nation's history: King Gorm's conquest of the land called Denmark and its
shift from pagan Viking society to Christianity under leadership of his son,
One of these stones, in replica, currently is touring the United
States as part of the ``Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga'' exhibit.
But now the originals have their own museum, Kongernes Jelling (Royal
Jelling), in this southeast Jutland town. It's devoted to the runestones and
their significance to art, architecture, history, and the Danish royal
family. The museum site includes the stones, the adjacent Jelling Kirke
(Jelling Church) where King Gorm was said to be buried, and two Viking-era
For more information:
Kongernes Jelling - http://www.kongernesjelling.dk
Celebrating Germany's Romanesque Past
Recalling the power and glory of its Romanesque Era, Germany is
staging a series of events this year focusing on cathedrals,
castles, and culture of a millenium ago.
The Germans were masters of building medieval and gothic
cathedrals, churches and monasteries, and many of the surviving
properties have been spruced up for the celebration year. One is
the multiple-towered St. George Cathedral in Limburg, restored to
its original state, including furnishings. Cologne is home to a
dozen churches from the Romanesque period, and St. George Basilica
in Oberzell has huge wall paintings and illustrations created by
monks under the patronage of Emperor Henry II.
Events include the Rheingau Music Festival, running from June to
September, with performances in venues like the Church of St.
Aegidius at the Eberbach monstery in Mittelheim and the former
monastery church at Johannisberg. Music events also are scheduled
from July at historic castles, stately homes, churches and squares
throughout Thuringia, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt in a ``Concerts
Along the Romanesque Route'' series.
For historical perspective, there is an exhibition, ``The Center
of Europe around the Year 1000: Germans, Slavs, Hungarians and the
Latin Western World,'' showcasing treasures from churches and
museums. It will be at the Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin
May 29-Sept. 2 and at the Reiss-Museum in Mannheim Oct. 7-Jan. 27.
German National Tourist Office - (212) 661-7200;
It's Really Green
It's the world's largest island, where you can hike, camp, fish, go
boating, horseback riding, or sledding, and watch extraordinary wildlife.
Down Under? Up Over is a better description of Greenland, more aptly named
than you might think, despite the fact that much of its landmass is covered
Most of the towns in this Arctic zone country are found around its
perimeter, especially South Greenland, and during its short summer season the
valleys and mountains are carpeted in green, accented with colorful flowers.
But visitors need only turn to look in another direction to see ice: towering
icebergs, glacier tongues and inland ice, in many colors and much of it
frozen for 500 to 100,000 years.
Despite the Arctic climate, it's dry and comfortable for outdoor
activities, including watching for whales and other animals or witnessing the
midnight sun for about five months of the spring-summer season.
Greenland Tourism - 299 32 28 88; http://www.visitgreenland.com
©Copyright 2001, The Associated Press News Service
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