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The Bahai Gardens in ‘Akko

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The Bahai Gardens in ‘Akko surround the historic mansion residence of Baha’u’llah, the Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. Baha’ullah lived here at Bahjí for 12 years and was buried here. The Gardens are a  World Heritage Site. For those of you who have difficulties walking through the garden paths, there is a fine panorama of the garden from the roof of the entrance gate. In the garden you may meet Baha’i volunteers from all over the world working in the garden. Note that they spread a tarp on the floor while trimming the bushes. Each leave must be properly disposed. There are several Bahai Holy sites in the old city of Akko and around it.

The Baha’i Gardens

Tours:  Tours for organized groups of 25 or more and those with special interests.

Visiting hours: 9:00 to 16:00, seven days a week. Recommended visiting hours are: Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday between 9:00 and 12:00 noon. Guests are requested to remain quiet, although guides are permitted to speak. Closed on Bahá’í holy days and Yom Kippur.

Directions: Near the North ‘Akko intersection on Route 4, at the end of the old access road to Kibbutz Shomrat.

Clothing: Clothing should cover your shoulders and reach your knees. Comfortable shoes with good traction are recommended for the pebble paths. During the summer, bring a hat and sun screen.

Photography is permitted, except for the interior of the Shrines.

Food and drink: Visitors may bring a bottle of water, however beverages, eating, chewing gum and smoking are not allowed inside the gardens.

Other prohibitions: Animals and weapons are prohibited.

The Abbud House

Located on the corner of Hahagaana St – the main western road – and Zalman Hazoref road, it stands out from the rest of the houses along the main road with its striking white walls and turquoise-painted windows. Bahá’u’lláh lived in one room of the eastern section, and it was there that he wrote the Book of Laws, the Kitáb-i-Aqdas (about 1873).

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