The Bahai Gardens in Haifa and ‘Akko in Israel are visited by more than five hundred thousand guests every year, making them one of the most popular attraction in all of the Middle East. The unique design of the gardens, which combines exquisite details and geometrical shapes with a loving conservation of historic and natural landscaping features, leaves visitors with an unforgettable impression. Many of these visitors return over and over again to experience its changing seasons, as well as to relive the uplifting spirit and tranquil serenity of these unique places.
In July of 2008, the Bahai Gardens in both ‘Akko and Haifa were added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO. This designation was made in recognition of the “outstanding universal value” as sites of pilgrimage and holy places for those who follow the Baha’i Faith. Like any great work of art, these sites of extraordinary gardens are tangible expression of the spirit of humanity. The stimulus of the Bahai Gardens wasn’t the creativity of some amazing artists, but instead was the sacrifice and loving labor of numerous people from several generations and diverse origins, who got their inspiration from an optimistic view of their collective future and a common faith.
The Bahai Gardens in city of Haifa is situated within the heart of the city, and comprised of a staircase of nineteen garden terraces. These terraces extend all the way up Mount Carmel’s northern slope. Located on the central terrace, the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb is the final resting place of the Baha’i Faith’s Prophet-Herald, and looks towards ‘Akko across the bay. While the different section of the Bahai Gardens in Haifa offer various experiences, they all speak as w hole in a common language of flower beds, hedges, and graveled path nurtured and groomed by dedicated gardeners. These remarkable gardens feature panoramic vistas of Haifa, as well as the Mediterranean Sea and the Galilee Hills.
A Panorama Tour is offered for visitors to really experience the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. This tour journeys through the gardens, starting at the crest of Mount Carmel and traveling down to terrace with the Shrine of the Báb along the stairs and paved paths. Guests will pass through informal and formal sections of the extraordinary gardens as they take in the amazing views of Haifa, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Galilee Hills. Knowledgeable guides share information with visitors about the maintenance and design of the gardens, along with the significance of the garden to followers of the Baha’i Faith. Guests will have the chance to learn about the community’s history, how they came to create their world center on Mount Carmel, and what activities occur in the building found in the gardens.
The Bahai Gardens in ‘Akko create a broad circle that surrounds the site’s historic mansion. This mansion is where the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’í Faith, Bahá’u’lláh, lived during his final years. The circle also surrounds the shrine where the remains of Bahá’u’lláh were laid to rest. The walk up to the garden is a straight, long path bordered by informal plantings and cypress trees.
61 Yefe Nof, Haifa, Israel, Phone: 972-48-31-31-31