17 Majestic Photos of the Baha’i Gardens in Israel

The Baha’i World Centre in Haifa, Israel is home to vast terraced gardens, sloped magnificently down the side of Mount Carmel. Centred in these iconic gardens is the Shrine of the Bab, one of the twin manifestations of God that Baha’is follow. The shrine’s dome is covered in gold, and lights up at night to create a beautiful beacon on the mountainside. In the surrounding gardens and terraces are buildings of the Baha’i World Centre, including the seat of the Universal House of Justice, the supreme body of the worldwide Baha’i community.

Every year Baha’is from around the world visit the Shrine and other Baha’i holy places on pilgrimage, often taking photographs to remember their experiences. Thanks to the photographers of 500px, we’ve pulled together some of the most stunning photographs from these magical gardens and buildings. Here they are:

Photograph Gardens of Bahá'í by nitzan gur on 500px

Gardens of Bahá'í by nitzan gur on 500px

Photograph over Haifa by Vladimir Popov / Uhaiun on 500px

over Haifa by Vladimir Popov / Uhaiun on 500px

Photograph The Universal House of Justice HDR by Payam Mazloum on 500px

The Universal House of Justice HDR by Payam Mazloum on 500px

Photograph Universal House of Justice by Parham S. on 500px

Universal House of Justice by Parham S. on 500px

Photograph Universal House of Justice by Parham S. on 500px

Universal House of Justice by Parham S. on 500px

Photograph Colonnade of the Seat II by Chad Mauger on 500px

Colonnade of the Seat II by Chad Mauger on 500px

Photograph Colonnade of the Seat by Chad Mauger on 500px

Colonnade of the Seat by Chad Mauger on 500px

Photograph Star Trails over the Seat by Chad Mauger on 500px

Star Trails over the Seat by Chad Mauger on 500px

Photograph The Seat at Night by Chad Mauger on 500px

The Seat at Night by Chad Mauger on 500px

Photograph International Teaching Center by Vladimir Popov / Uhaiun on 500px

International Teaching Center by Vladimir Popov / Uhaiun on 500px

Photograph unveiling of the gilded dome by PhotoStock-Israel  on 500px

unveiling of the gilded dome by PhotoStock-Israel on 500px

Photograph HAIFA BAHAI GARDENS by Lev Tsimbler on 500px

HAIFA BAHAI GARDENS by Lev Tsimbler on 500px

Photograph Baha'i Faith by Parham S. on 500px

Baha'i Faith by Parham S. on 500px

Photograph Bahai Shrine by Donato Scarano on 500px

Bahai Shrine by Donato Scarano on 500px

Photograph Bahai Garden Haifa by Alexander Maksimkin on 500px

Bahai Garden Haifa by Alexander Maksimkin on 500px

Photograph Bahai Garden Haifa by Alexander Maksimkin on 500px

Bahai Garden Haifa by Alexander Maksimkin on 500px

Photograph Bahji by Ramin Hossaini on 500px

Bahji by Ramin Hossaini on 500px

If you enjoyed this post, you may also like our other photo compilations: 21 Stunning Photos of Baha’i Houses of Worship, 14 Beautiful Baha’i Images of Prayer and Reflection, and The Evocative Work of Baha’i Photographer Shahriar Erfanian.

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Discussion 17 Comments

  1. hi there,

    I am a longstanding Bahai, but am a creative emerging from years of pioneering and NOT engaging much in the arts.

    I was once an illustrator, and jeweler.
    I was inspired by your photos of the BWC for architectural reference and light, and just wanted to say I really like your work.

    My website just went up yesterday, and its just some of my illustrations, and not colorbalanced or orgaznized at all.

    Thanks for your work. Its really lovely.

    Jeff

    ps- also just saw the jewelry link…. I am also a lapidary and silversmith…

    1. Beatiful pics. I’m making jewellery too, buying stones from India. I’ m a baha’i’ since 1964 in Genova, Northern Italy, my spiritual father…Sohrab Youssefian!

  2. Your presentation is amazing, made me to remember my pilgrimage and see details that never noted. Thanks.
    Maria Ch.

  3. so amazing, so refreshing, so invigorating, so spiritual. Thank you sir for recording such wonderful pictures. I would like to have your permission to show some of these pictures on a TV program that I will attend speaking about my pilgrimage experience.

  4. Hello, I am a humanist/agnostic. I lived in Haifa a few months and at night walked on the lookout promenade above the shrine of the Bab. Your photos are really beautiful and very expressive. I love the classical simplicity and purity of the buildings. The lighting at night is superb. Unfortunately the place seems to be closed off for folks not on pilgrimage. I would love to sit in one of the gardens and paint! Thanks for the photos.

    1. Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, the Shrine of the Bab and its gardens are truly beautiful.

      There are times when sections of the gardens are open to the public and you can also take tours of the terraced gardens. For more information, here is the official website for the Baha’i Gardens: http://www.ganbahai.org.il/en/

      -Sonjel

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