Bahai News - Haifa's Fabulous Gardens
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
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