The Bahai Gardens, on Mt. Carmel overlooking Haifa, are part of the Bahai World Center. Besides receiving Bahai pilgrims from around the world, many thousands of tourists visit yearly, to view the amazing gardens, fountains, and views down to Haifa Harbor.
The gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, dedicated to Bahai’s founder, can be seen from the 19 garden terraces.
There are three entrances for do it your self tours of the area of each entrance:
- Main entrance 80 Hatzionut Avenue
- Yefe Nof Balcony at 61 Yefe Nof Street
- German Colony Plaza at the junction of Ben Gurion Avenue and Hagefen Street
The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa are open from 9:00 to 17:00, seven days a week, but the inner gardens near the shrine close at 12:00 noon. The gardens are closed on Bahá’í holy days and Yom Kippur. Free walk-in guided tours that are offered daily except Wednesdays. No reservation is required, however it is advisable to make arrangements in advance for organized groups of 25 people or more and those with special interests/needs. Visitors are asked to dress modestly, to help keep the place clean. Photography is permitted. Animals, weapons, drinking beverages, eating, chewing gum and smoking are prohibited.
The Bahai Faith
The Bahai believe in divine Educators who provided the basis for the advancement of civilization. These Manifestations have included Abraham, Krishna, Zoroaster, Moses, Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad. Bahá’u’lláh, according to the Bahai the latest of these Messengers, explained that the religions of the world come from the same Source and are in essence successive chapters of one religion from God. The Bahai do permit any missionary activity in Israel.