21 Stunning Photos of Baha’i Houses of Worship

If you’ve never visited one of the seven Baha’i Houses of Worship, it’s really worth doing. Not only are they a serene place to pray and meditate, but are also simply stunningly beautiful to look at. The temples are spread out across the world, with an eighth currently under construction in Chile and sites chosen in forty five more countries.

Abdu’l-Baha has said that:

…the original purpose of temples and houses of worship is simply that of unity–places of meeting where various peoples, different races and souls of every capacity may come together in order that love and agreement should be manifest between them . . . that all religions, races and sects may come together within its universal shelter …Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 65

Moreover in his book A Short Introduction to the Baha’i Faith, author Moojan Momen discusses how the Houses of Worship will become important social centers:

It is envisaged, however, that in the future in each town there will be built a house of worship (Mashriqu’l-Adhkár). Around it will be built schools, universities, libraries, medical facilities, orphanages and so on. This will become the spiritual and social centre of the community. A Short Introduction to the Baha’i Faith (Read it Online)

It would be difficult to get out to the seven locations spread out from Uganda to Australia, but fortunately thanks to the magic of social photo sharing site Flickr, you can see some gorgeous photos of these important Baha’i buildings. We’ve collected a sample of great photography from Flickr to get you started. Be sure to click through and view the galleries of these talented photographers, as well as stop by the Flickr Baha’i Houses of Worship Group for more photographic goodness.

Wilmette, USA

Baha’i House of Worship by Giant Ginkgo

Baha’i Temple in WIlmette, IL at sunrise by Aereoplain

Baha’i Temple in Wilmette by magnificentextravaganza

Baha’i House of Worship in Wilmette, IL by Yffoto

Old School Baha’i by jupiters1117

Kampala, Uganda

Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez

Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez

Frankfurt, Germany

Temple Top by Iainsimmons

Ascension of Baha’u’lah in Langehain by NataschaM

Panama City, Panama

Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez

Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez

Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez

Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez

Apia, Samoa

Baha’i Temple, Apia, 2004 by Danfascia

Baha’i Temple in Samoa by glemley8

Sydney, Australia

Baha’i Temple Sydney I by RudmerHK

Baha’i Temple Sydney IV by RudmerHK

New Delhi, India

Lotus Temple, New Delhi by Souva Chattopadhyay

Lotus Temple by Sapierre

Lotus Temple I by Kaushelendra

Lotus Temple Lights Out by Peter Davis


Visit the photo pages on Flickr for details of how to license/use these images.

About the Author

Hi I’m Collis! I live in Darwin, in the Northern Territory. I’m a Baha’i, designer, entrepreneur, climate tech angel investor, and engaged in philanthropy to support First Nations young people in Australia. I've been working on Baha'i Blog since its inception in 2011!

Discussion 32 Comments

  1. When a soul has been wandering in the desert of life,
    far, far away from its Source of All That Is,
    a drink of water from an oasis such as this is lifesaving and lifegiving.
    Thank you for refreshing and reviving me with these photos.
    I had almost forgotten the taste.

  2. wonderderful……..NICE PHOTOS. These temples show some really beautiful architecture.



  3. Where does all that money come from, used in the construction of the bahaai temples, you people must be very rich. But temples are not accessible by those living in villages because they are mainly located in cities/towns. Any they are really beautiful.

  4. These places are very beautiful, l would like to see them one day. I also I want to know about Baha’i faith.

    1. What would you like to know?

      Also there is a lot of information that you can search yourself on your spare time on bahai.org

    2. Hi! I don’t know if you seen but a person asked what would you like to know and suggested research on your own at bahai.org There is lots of good information there. I would also suggest looking up the Baha’í Faith in your area.

    1. Hi Amy, thank you for the question. 🙂 I beleive the building you’re referring to in Haifa, Israel is the Shrine of the Bab (with a golden dome), and this is not a Baha’i temple. The Shrine of the Bab is where the remains of the Bab (the forerunner of the prophet founder of the Baha’i Faith, Baha’u’llah) is buried. Baha’is come from all over the world on pilgrimage to pay their respects. Baha’i Temples (also known as Houses of Worship, or Mashriqul-adhkar) are built as places of worship for everyone to pray and meditate in, and they are not a shrine. I hope that helps. 🙂

      You can find out more about the Shrine of the Bab here: http://www.bahai.org/the-bab/shrine

      And more about Baha’i temples here: http://www.bahai.org/action/devotional-life/mashriqul-adhkar

    1. Hi Montecristo, thanks for your message. This post doesn’t show any pictures of the Baha’i House of Worship in Chile because it hadn’t been built by then. The Baha’i House of Worship in Chile is not the first House of Worship for Latin America, it’s the first House of Worship for South America, as there is a House of Worship in Panama.

      You may also enjoy this post called ’11 Beautiful Photos of the Baha’i House of Worship in Chile’: http://bahaiblog.net/2018/01/11-beautiful-photos-bahai-house-worship-chile/

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