Recreation of the House of the Bab: The Declaration Chamber

Oscar Gomez, an animator from Australia, has recreated the room in which the Bab, known as “the Gate”, first declared His station as a Messenger of God. He revitalised religious teachings and was the Herald of another Messenger of God greater than Himself: Baha’u’llah.

The Declaration of the Bab took place on the 23rd May 1844 with a conversation between the Bab and Mulla Husayn, a prominent scholar who was searching for the Promised One awaited by the world’s great religions. The day of the Bab’s declaration is celebrated by Baha’is around the world as one of the most significant religious festivals.

The room in which the Bab declared His mission was located on the upper level of a house in Shiraz, Iran. Tragically, government authorities ordered the destruction of the house in 1979.

Forty years later, this artistic rendering has recreated the room in its entirety as a digital simulation based on extensive research of all available photos and videos that could be found online.

This project was made over several months in preparation for the celebrations of the bicentenary of the Birth of the Bab in October 2019.

You can find out more about the Bab here, and read selections from the Writings of the Bab here.

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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