The Hanging Gardens of Haifa - Israel

The Hanging Gardens of Haifa - Israel
The Hanging Gardens of Haifa - Israel

Certain name it as the Eighth wonder of the world and quite deservedly! The Baha'i gardens are designed just like multi-colored mosaic, an impressive geometric cascade of hanging gardens and terraces. These were created as a liaison between the people of the entire Baha'i world area . The gardens are gift to the world, representing the peace and beauty of the world. These are presentation of the typical energy and what exactly are people capable of when they unite their efforts. Western and eastern designs are visually inserted into the composition of granite columns, Corinthian columns that recall ancient Greece and Oriental arches.

The Terraces of the Bahá'í Faith, often known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are garden terraces around the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa , Israel. They are one of the most visited attractions in Israel. The architect is Fariborz Sahba from Iran, the structural technical engineers are Karban and Co. from Haifa. Together with the Baha'i Holy Places in Western Galilee, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site .


The terraces symbolize the first eighteen disciples of the Báb , who were specified "Letter of the Living" , though no individual terraces are associated with individual Letters .


Nine concentric circles provide the main geometry of the eighteen terraces . Just like the identity of a circle presupposes a centre , so the terraces have been conceived as generated from the Shrine of the Báb . The eighteen terraces plus the one terrace of the Shrine of the Báb make nineteen terraces total. Nineteen is a significant number within both the Bahá'í and Bábí religions.

Fariborz Sahba began work in 1987 designing the gardens and oversaw construction . The terraces were opened to the public in June 2001 . Beginning at its base , the gardens extend almost a kilometre up the side of Mount Carmel , covering some 200 ,000 square metres of land. The gardens are linked by a set of stairs flanked by twin streams of running water cascading down the mountainside through the steps and terrace bridges .

The gardens have elements of the Persian paradise gardens, isolating the site from the noise of the surroundings and connecting the different Bahá'í buildings on Mount Carmel together .

Water and ecology

The irrigation system includes a computer which , based on meteorologic data it receives , controls hundreds of valves to distribute water throughout the gardens by sprinkling and dripping . This is done at night and in the early morning , to avoid wasting water by evaporation . The water that flows alongside the stairs is circulating in a closed system within each terrace , so that little water is wasted .

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