Lonely Planet – Middle East claims that the Shrine and Gardens are worth the visit to Haifa in itself and it’s hard to disagree.
Towering on the slopes of Mount Carmel and incorporating impeccably manicured gardens, a feast of water features and some 1400 steps, it dominates Israel’s third city.
Originally completed in 1953 the golden dome has finally been redone after some two years behind scaffolding reflecting the wealth of the Baha’i community.
The Baha’i faith is one of the youngest World religions with its origins in the leader of the faith, Ali Muhammed (1819 – 1850) in Shiraz, Iran. It is his shrine that lies in the mausoleum.
Like Mecca to the Moslims, the Baha’i (some 5 – 6 million people) are told they should visit here at least once in their lifetime.
Guided tours need to be booked well in advance for non-Baha’i, although the top two tiers can be visited during daylight hours.