9 Breathtaking Photos from the Baha’i World Centre

The Baha’i World Center in Israel is the spiritual and administrative heart of our Faith. So it’s no surprise that images of the Holy places are always popular with Baha’is around the world. In fact our previous post of images from the Baha’i gardens is one of our most viewed. When I recently stumbled upon Californian photographer Dana Allen’s gorgeous gallery of images from a 2013 trip to Haifa I was particularly excited. They are not only beautiful photos, but also some of the more unique that I’ve come across in their treatment and view. Dana’s graciously consented to us showcasing a set here, but if you’d like to see the whole gallery, as well as more stunning photography head to his portfolio site.


The Arc on Mount Carmel: The International Teaching Centre, the Seat of the Universal House of Justice, the Centre for the Study of the Texts, and the International Archives Building.


The House of the Master in Haifa


The International Archives Building


The International Teaching Centre


The gardens outside the Mansion of Bahji


The House of Abdu’llah Pasha, home of Abdu’l-Baha in Akka


The Mansion of Bahji


The Shrine of the Bab and upper terraces gardens

Enjoyed these images? View our collection of 17 Majestic Photos of the Baha’i Gardens in Israel or browse our other Image posts.


All Rights Reserved. Images are copyright Dana Allen.

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 18 Comments

  1. Seeing these photos felt like being back in the Holy land, and re-kindled memories of the best year of my life.

  2. The privilege of viewing these thrilling pictures has given me and, I am sure, the friends with whom I shall share them, a wondrous Ridvan experience never to be lost or forgotten. Great thanks to all involved!
    Shirley Mather

  3. They are indeed great. May He, who has given you the inspiration to take these picture bless you.

  4. Beautiful! When I went in 1975, there were no buildings up from the archives or garden down below the Shrine of the Bab. It was a precious experience to go to the shrines and other holy places including Akka. Before the Pilgrimage, I, along with other Baha’is got to visit Jerusalem, Jericho, pass Bethlehem and walk around the Dead Sea. A Baha’i led the tour. I should convert my slides to digital photos.

    1. Please do make the conversions, and share them. Seeing old images of the Holy Land magnifies our astonishment at Shoghi Effendi’s stupendous vision. And how else to imagine what prodigious labors it has taken to develop Arc and the Holy Places we cherish today?

  5. Thank you so much for these beautiful photographs and for collecting them to make them available to us! They make our hearts vibrate with remembrance of the time that we walked these paths.
    Would it be possible to have a small subtitle with each photo to tell those of us who don’t know all these places, and also those who happen upon them, what they are?

    1. Hi Jacqueline! Thank you for your comment and your wonderful suggestion! I have added subtitles to the photos in order to provide some context and explanation. Thank you!

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