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21 Stunning Photos of Baha’i Houses of Worship

April 3, 2011, in Images > Architecture, by

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

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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

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Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez


Templos Baha’is en el Mundo by Francisco Gonzalez

Frankfurt, Germany

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Temple Top by Iainsimmons


Ascension of Baha’u’lah in Langehain by NataschaM

Panama City, Panama

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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

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Baha’i Temple, Apia, 2004 by Danfascia

Baha’i Temple in Samoa by glemley8

Sydney, Australia

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Baha’i Temple Sydney I by RudmerHK

Baha’i Temple Sydney IV by RudmerHK

New Delhi, India

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Lotus Temple, New Delhi by Souva Chattopadhyay


Lotus Temple by Sapierre


Lotus Temple I by Kaushelendra


Lotus Temple Lights Out by Peter Davis

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Collis Ta'eed

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!
Collis Ta'eed

Discussion 32 Comments

Great post Collis, pictures are amazing! Just fantastic!

MiselD

MiselD (April 4, 2011 at 10:18 AM)

Wow. These temples show some really beautiful architecture. Very inspiring indeed.
Thanks for sharing these Collis.

Graham

Graham (April 4, 2011 at 8:55 AM)

Great collection Collis!

Waheed Akhtar

Waheed Akhtar (April 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM)

wonderful photos! and there are so many more of these wonderful shots on flickr.

dan

dan (April 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM)

The exquisite carving calls careful attention and study.

June

June (April 4, 2011 at 5:13 AM)

iinspires faith and peace!

ismat rishani

ismat rishani (April 4, 2011 at 10:39 AM)

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.

soulfulady

soulfulady (April 4, 2011 at 6:07 PM)

In my article in Polish language I have better photos of Baha’i Temples.

http://www.eioba.pl/a/297t/bahaicka-architektura-sakralna

kushtar

kushtar (April 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM)

Nice photos, thanks for sharing!

Preethi

Preethi (April 4, 2011 at 12:05 AM)

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I’ve visited the temple in Kampala, Uganda, and it was a wonderful experience. Now I want to see the rest!

Rose

Rose (June 6, 2011 at 3:19 PM)

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Writing a Baha’i Will | Baha'i Blog (July 7, 2011 at 3:00 AM)

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

I HV NEVER VISIIT ANY BAHAI HOUSE. BUT I WANT TO SEE THE ALL.ITS REALLY VERY NICE.

THANKS

AASHU

AASHU (November 11, 2011 at 10:25 AM)

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Thank you for making available something I can share by email with new Bahais.

Gina Smith

Gina Smith (August 8, 2012 at 5:01 AM)

Hi, I have more then 50 stunning Baha’i Temple photos

http://kusztar.livejournal.com/909.html

kushtar

kushtar (August 8, 2012 at 2:11 AM)

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tnx

sirgut

sirgut (June 6, 2014 at 8:25 PM)

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.

anyango agnes

anyango agnes (December 12, 2014 at 9:31 PM)

Allah u abha

Jimmy Raschel

Jimmy Raschel (July 7, 2015 at 11:22 AM)

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

Layla ali

Layla ali (April 4, 2016 at 7:46 PM)

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

Naseem B

Naseem B (April 4, 2016 at 6:46 AM)

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.

Connie

Connie (August 8, 2016 at 2:34 PM)

No pictures of the beautiful temple in Haifa, Israel?

Amy W

Amy W (July 7, 2016 at 5:38 PM)

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

Naysan Naraqi

Naysan Naraqi (July 7, 2016 at 6:38 PM)

It’s a Great Part..

francis

francis (August 8, 2016 at 9:46 AM)

I think on Oct. 2016 they built one in Chile, the only one in Latin America.

Montecristo Lagos

Montecristo Lagos (June 6, 2018 at 8:24 AM)

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/

Naysan Naraqi

Naysan Naraqi (June 6, 2018 at 8:47 PM)

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