Many wonderful things to see and do in the small country of Israel, and the Bahai Gardens in Haifa are among the top of those attractions. The grandeur of the gardens built by the exclusive and mysterious Bahai religion is world famous. But, a bit lesser known and much more humble are the Bahai Gardens in Akko (Acre). It’s the place where Bahá’u’lláh – the Bahai religion prophet – spent his last few years and was later buried. While visiting Akko, I ventured in to see the inner gardens, though if you have the chance – the entire complex is quite charming and worth your time.
The official website writes :
The Bahá’í 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. Here the formal, precise gardening flows around historic buildings and natural elements that include a centuries-old sycamore fig tree and the remains of an ancient olive grove.
Shall we take a quick walk around the gardens?
Do stop by if you’re in Akko. It’s beautiful and interesting, and all free.