The shrine, with its golden dome, Italian marble walls, and granite pillars, was built in 1953 and has become one of the major tourist sites in Haifa.
The impressive gardens surrounding the shrine were designed and inspired by the doctrines of the Bahai faith. They succeed in blending in and creating harmony with the surrounding slopes of Mount Carmel. The gardens extend over 19 terraces, the highest of which contains the Persian Gardens, with their topiary sculpted into eight-pointed stars. Stone steps lead down the slope to the breathtaking Hanging Gardens below. The main terrace is domed Shrine of the Bab golden dome belongs to the global center of the Baha’is.
The Bahai Gardens can be divided up into three sections: The lower section – opening up to the German Colony; the middle section – the gardens around the gold- capped Shrine of the Bab where the remains of the Bab are kept; the upper section – just off the Louis Promenade and the main gate where the tours start.
On July 2008, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added the Baha’i Shrines and Gardens in Haifa and Acre to the eleven World Heritage Sites in Israel.
Baha’i Gardens entrance and guided tours are free of charge.
Baha’i Gardens in Haifa are open every day from 9:00 to 17:00, but the inner gardens near the shrine close at 12.00.