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Welcome to The Baha'i Gardens

The Baha'i Gardens

Once known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, the Baha'i Gardens - taken together with the resplendent Shrine of the Bab perched on Mount Carmel - are not only a UNESCO World Heritage site, but one of Israel's most-visited tourist attractions, seeing over half a million visitors every year. The Baha'i faith, which emphasises the spiritual unity of all humankind, could hardly have a more perfect expression of these beliefs than the magnificent terraced gardens that cascade down from the golden-domed shrine. Constructed in geometric patterns (nine concentric circles), with precious detailing and loving incorporation of the natural features of the surrounding landscape, what is so unforgettable about the gardens is how perfectly and scrupulously they are maintained. Deemed by followers of the Baha'i faith to be a 'gift to all humanity', the beauty of the gardens and the amount of care that goes into their upkeep is both palpable and inspiring. A visit to the Baha'i Gardens must also take in the Louis Promenade (located above the staircase-like terraces), from where you can enjoy unbeatable views of Haifa and the Mediterranean Sea.

Information & Facts

Hebrew and Arabic are the official languages of Israel. Most of the population also speak English.

The Israeli Shekel (ILS) is divided into 100 agorot (singular is agora). Money can be changed in the small exchange bureaux found on most main streets, or at banks and hotels. ATMs are prevalent throughout the country and linked to American systems. Most banks are open Sunday through to Friday until noon, and are open again from 4pm till 6pm on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, though commission on these is high.

Opening Times
Inner gardens open daily, from 9am to 12pm; Outer gardens open daily, from 9am to 5pm
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