Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Haifa's Baha'i Gardens
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Nature's bounty in Haifa's Baha'i Gardens
UN World Heritage site is a terraced and meticulously landscaped religious shrine, open free to the public.
On the slopes of Mt. Carmel, in Israel's northern city of Haifa, sits the Baha'i World Centre (http://www.bahai.org/dir/bwc) and its amazing gardens. A UN World Heritage Site (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list) since 2008, it features 19 terraces covering about a kilometer from top to bottom, with roughly 1,000 steps.
Maintained voluntarily by hundreds of adherents of the Baha'i religion as a shrine to its founder, the gardens are free and open to the public. Last year, the site enjoyed 750,000 visitors and the shrine building underwent a massive refurbishment.