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Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee
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Type of site: Cultural
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Date of Inscription: 2008
Location: Eurasia, Israel, Haifa and Western Galilee
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Description: Inscribed for their deep spiritual meaning, the Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and Western Galilee bear testimony to the dedicated tradition of pilgrimage within the Bahá’i faith. As a key part of the site are the two most holy places of the Bahá’í religion connected with the founders - the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Acre and the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, collectively with their surrounding gardens, associated buildings and monuments.These two shrines are components of a larger set of buildings, monuments and sites that are visited as part of the Bahá’i pilgrimage, located in seven distinct places within Haifa and Western Galilee. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The Bahá'í World Centre buildings are buildings that are part of the Bahá'í World Centre in Israel. The Bahá'í World Centre buildings include both the Bahá'í holy places used for pilgrimage and the international administrative bodies of the Bahá'í Faith; they comprise more than 20 different administrative offices, pilgrim buildings, libraries, archives, historical residences, and shrines. These structures are all set amidst more than 30 different gardens or individual terraces. The buildings themselves are located in Haifa, Acre, and Bahjí, Israel. The location of the Bahá'í World Centre buildings has its roots to Bahá'u'lláh's imprisonment in Acre, which is near Haifa, by the Ottoman Empire during the Ottoman Empire's rule over Palestine, now Israel. Many Bahá'í holy places in Haifa and around Acre, including the terraces and the Shrine of the Báb on the north slope on Mount Carmel, and the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, the Mansion of Bahji, and the Mansion at Mazra'ih were inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2008. The Bahá'í shrines "are the first sites connected with a relatively new religious tradition to be recognized by the World Heritage List." The UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers the sites to be "of outstanding universal value [and]...inscribed for the testimony they provide to the Bahá’i’s strong tradition of pilgrimage and for their profound meaning for the faith." --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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