Magshim Award for the Terraces
Magshim Award for the Terraces


Terraces Receive Award for 'Splendor, Beauty and Landscape Integration'

At a distinguished ceremony held in Jerusalem at the residence of the President of Israel, the Council for a Beautiful Israel awarded the Magshim Award for 1999 to five selected projects throughout the country. Among them was the Terraces of the Shrine of the Bab, which were cited for 'their splendor, their beauty and their exquisite integration into the landscape of Mount Carmel'. Fariborz Sahba of the Mount Carmel Projects office accepted the award on behalf of the Baha'i World Centre on 25 May.

The Terraces of the Shrine of the Bab were selected because 'Architect Fariborz Sahba's innovative design employs hanging gardens to create an appropriate setting and approach for the Shrine, as beautiful as it is functional', the report read. This award is one more instance demonstrating how the people of Israel have taken them to heart.'

Aura Herzog, widow of the late President Chaim Herzog, and President of the Council for a Beautiful Israel, said: 'This is the second time that the renowned Baha'i gardens have won the Magshim Award -- this time for the extraordinary final stage of the terraces' development that has taken place over the past decade. Today the gardens are of unmatched beauty, and they were judged to be without rival. We have even heard them categorized as a candidate for one of the Wonders of the World.'

A delegation of 40 friends from the Baha'i World Centre, representing many nationalities, were among the 300 invited guests at the ceremony.

It is most important to erect enterprises which serve as examples, such as [those of] the Magshim award winners; however, we are an active and creative movement working to raise environmental consciousness among the population and provide a more beautiful environment for them,' Mrs. Herzog said of her organization.

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