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  • Ridvan celebrates Baha’u’llah’s time in 1863 in the garden of Ridvan in Baghdad when He publicly declared His station as a Manifestation of God. The Ridvan Festival is 12 days long and is also the time of year when Baha’is elect their governing bodies.
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9 Breathtaking Photos from the Baha’i World Centre

April 29, 2016, in Images > Architecture, by

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.

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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 18 Comments

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

Ali Ta'i

Ali Ta'i (April 4, 2016 at 5:33 AM)

Literally breathtaking. Not figuratively. Literally.

Barmak Kusha

Barmak Kusha (May 5, 2016 at 2:00 AM)

Thank you, you’ve taken me there from the high arctic, through your pictures.

Anne Thrasher

Anne Thrasher (May 5, 2016 at 3:19 AM)

Thank you Sir!


Rooplall (May 5, 2016 at 11:35 AM)

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

Shirley T. Mather

Shirley T. Mather (May 5, 2016 at 12:00 PM)

Where can I purchase prints of these?

Amy stephenson

Amy stephenson (May 5, 2016 at 12:47 PM)

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


Bekele (May 5, 2016 at 4:46 PM)

Bringing back the memories..serving in the gardens for 5 years.

rolando mangaccat

rolando mangaccat (September 9, 2016 at 11:50 AM)

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.

Jan Ivanoff

Jan Ivanoff (October 10, 2016 at 10:26 PM)

What a wonderful pilgrimage! Thank you for sharing this!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (October 10, 2016 at 10:50 PM)

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?

Harriet Gilman

Harriet Gilman (May 5, 2020 at 7:55 PM)

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?

Jacqueline Walker

Jacqueline Walker (May 5, 2017 at 11:50 AM)

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!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (May 5, 2017 at 4:09 PM)

Thank you so much for these exceptionally beautiful photos.

Desma Carver

Desma Carver (May 5, 2017 at 5:46 AM)

You’re most welcome, Desma! We’re so glad you’ve enjoyed them!

Sonjel Vreeland

Sonjel Vreeland (May 5, 2017 at 2:28 PM)

Thank You Valentina Tarango, for sending me these 9 WONDERFULLY BEAUTIFUL Baha’i places to me !
With All my LOVE to You, my Dear daughter,

Sally Elaine Nave

Sally Elaine Nave (September 9, 2017 at 9:55 PM)

God build these building the almighty is awesome.

Lenzie O Winstead

Lenzie O Winstead (September 9, 2017 at 11:26 AM)

Beautiful spiritual palace.thanks for God

.Tilahun Haile

.Tilahun Haile (April 4, 2020 at 8:41 AM)

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