The third largest city in Israel, Haifa is home to the Unesco world heritage site of the Baha’i World Centre, central to followers of the Baha’i faith. Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the area has been settled for more than 3,000 years, conquered and governed by a range of peoples including the Phoenicians, Persians, Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, crusaders, Ottomans, British and the Israelis. The mountains north slope dominates the city, featuring the imposing Shrine of the Bab set in immaculate terraced gardens, and is a popular visit for tourists. The city plays a major role in Israel’s economy, as a large seaport, tourist centre and home to two important universities.
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The Baha'i terraced gardens, Haifa
Located in the heart of Haifa are the Baha’i gardens, comprising a staircase of 19 terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. The golden-domed Shrine of the Báb is the resting place of the Prophet-Herald of the Baha’i Faith and stands on the central terrace, looking across the bay towards Acre. Learn about the history and planning of the gardens during the tour.
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