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Bahai World Centre and Hanging Gardens

Overview: The Bahai World Center on Haifa's Mount Carmel consists of nineteen terraced gardens and structures. A central landmark to the Bahai faith, which is based upon a doctrine of tolerance and equality. The site is surrounded by carefully manicured gardens, and includes the golden-domed Bahai Shrine, the mausoleum erected in honor of the founder of the Bahai faith, an archive and the Universal House of Justice. Many of the locations at the Bahá'í World Centre, including the terraces and the Shrine of the Báb which constitute the north slope of Mount Carmel were inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2008.

The aim of the gardens is to provide appropriate access to the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh, which is the focus of the entire site. In fact, all of these radial paths lead toward the center. The gardens enable the visitor to choose between different paths, some of which surround the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh. The gardens were designed and are maintained with an emphasis on environmental conservation. Where water utilization is concerned, most of the grass here is seasonal; the irrigation system was designed for effective use; drought tolerant plants, shrubs and trees were selected for the unofficial section of the gardens.

The Cave of Elijah

Overview: Is a grotto in which the biblical prophet Elijah sought shelter on his journey in the wilderness. Elijah traveled for 40 days and 40 nights into the Wilderness of Sin, to Mount Horeb, the original mountain where Moses saw the burning bush and where the Israelites made a covenant with God. Upon reaching the Mountain, he sought shelter in a cave.The cave is holy for Jewish, Christians and Druze

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