The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa and ‘Akko

With over half a million visitors a year, the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa and ‘Akko are among the most popular sites in the Middle East. Their unique design, combining geometrical shapes and exquisite detailing with loving conservation of natural and historic landscape features, leaves an indelible impression on visitors. Many return again and again to experience the changing seasons and relive the serene tranquility and uplifting spirit of these special places.

In July 2008, the Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa and ‘Akko were inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, in recognition of their “outstanding universal value” as holy places and places of pilgrimage for the followers of the Bahá’í Faith.

Like all great works of art, these extraordinary sites are tangible expressions of the human spirit. Here the impetus was not the creativity of a great artist, but rather the loving labor and sacrifice of many people from diverse origins and several generations, inspired by a common faith and an optimistic vision of our collective future.

The Bahá’í Gardens in Haifa »

These gardens, located in the heart of Haifa, comprise a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The golden-domed Shrine of the Báb, the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Bahá’í Faith, stands on the central terrace, looking across the bay towards ‘Akko.

While different parts of the gardens offer a variety of experiences, they speak in a common language of graveled paths, hedges and flower beds groomed and nurtured by dedicated gardeners. The gardens frame panoramic views of the city, the Galilee Hills and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Bahá’í Gardens in ‘Akko »

The gardens at Bahjí in ‘Akko form a wide circle surrounding the historic mansion where Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet-Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, resided during the final years of His life and the shrine where His remains were laid to rest.

The approach to the circular garden is a long, straight path framed with cypress trees and informal plantings. As you walk, the silence seems to grow in intensity. Entering the heart of the site is like arriving in a world of peace and serenity, a wall-less sanctuary that is protected without being enclosed.

SPECIAL NOTICES

NEW: Arabic walk-in tours starting in September, in Haifa, on Saturdays at 13:30.

There will be special walk-in tours in Haifa during Rosh Hashanah between 25 – 27 September inclusive. See here.

SHRINE CLOSURE
Due to the annual maintenance and cleaning:

The Shrine of the Báb in Haifa and Inner Gardens will be closed for public visits between 17 August and 13 September. The outer gardens will remain open daily from 9.00am to 5.00pm and tours will continue to be offered ( see schedule ).

The Shrine of Baha’u’llah in Akko and Inner Gardens will be closed for public visits between 14 and 27 September. The outer gardens will remain open daily from 9.00am to 4.00pm and Saturday tours will continue to be offered ( see schedule ).
Haifa visiting hours

Inner gardens:
9:00–12:00 daily

Outer gardens:
9:00–17:00 daily

Walk-in tour schedule »

‘Akko visiting hours

Inner gardens:
9:00–12:00 Fri–Mon only

Outer gardens:
9:00–16:00 daily

NEW: Walk-in tour »