The Bahai Gardens in Haifa are one of the most stunning landmarks in Israel. The Baha’i Faith practices a monotheistic religion, with emphasis on the spiritual unity of all humankind. The faith originated in 19th-century Persia, but has found a secure home in Haifa.
The gardens are built around a staircase of nineteen terraces, all extending up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, which is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith, can be located on the central terrace, looking across the bay towards Acre, an area known locally as ‘Akko.
You will see many different areas through the gardens, but they are all linked by the well-maintained gravel paths, hedges, and flowerbeds, each cared for by dedicated gardeners. From within the gardens, visitors can enjoy glorious panoramic views across the Mediterranean sea, as well as of the city below, and the Galilee hills.
The Garden Terraces of the Baha’i Faith can be spotted all around Israel, but the ones surrounding the Shrine of the Bábon Mount Carmel in Haifa are among the most frequented. Fariborz Sahba, an Iranian architect, began to work on the gardens back in 1987, and the area was officially opened to the public in 2001. Visitors will notice their unique design and extravagant detailing is modelled on the gardens of old Persia, and make for very relaxing surroundings.
The Baha’i Gardens are religious sites, so visitors are asked to dress modestly, to help keep the place clean and beautiful, and to behave in a manner that is considerate of the sensitivities of others.