TIP OF THE WEEK
Tuesday saw the culmination of ten years work and a $250 million investment,
with the official opening of the Baha'i Terraces and gardens on Mount Carmel
in Haifa. The Terraces will open to the public on June 4, 2001.
THE OFFICAL OPEINING OF THE BAHA'I TERRACES ON MT. CARMEL
While the Terraces have been under construction, it has been clear to
passersby that this is truly a beautiful and unique project.
Nothing in the Terrace gardens was left to chance. In order to choose the
most suitable plants (based on the soil), experiments were conducted which
took into account the angle of sunlight, wind and also allotted for the
closeness to the ocean. Color was a main consideration in design, since it
is a function of light. Each season will be highlighted by a different color,
purple, red, yellow and pink.
Comprised of 19 Terraces, which stretch up the mountain, over a kilometer,
the official Terraces Web site describes the gardens, as follows, "Each
terrace has three garden zones. The central area is formal in layout, with
lawns of Zoysia grass, annual flowerbeds, santolina and duranta hedges,
bushes, and carefully pruned trees. The side zone is more informal, with
flowering trees and perennial bushes characteristic of the Middle East,
including drought-tolerant, low-maintenance succulents, oleanders, rosemary,
lantana, olive, jacaranda, coral, and plumeria." The Terraces represent the
Báb and His first eighteen followers.
Due (in part) to the unique topography of the Terraces, access will be
limited to a set number of visitors at any given time. Admission is free,
but you should call ahead to reserve a place in one of the free guided
For reservations, call 04-831-3131.
The Terraces are open year-round from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (7:00 PM in summer),
with the exception of nine Baha'i holidays a year.
Five of the days on which the Terraces will be closed are: March 21, April
21, April 29, May 2 and May 29. The additional four days, change from year to
year, in 2001 they are July 26 and November 15.
Many have eagerly awaited the opening of this new addition to Haifa, which
should be well worth a special trip.
The Official Terraces Web Site (with a Web Cast of the opening)
Baha'i in Israel - From About.com's Israeli Culture
The Shrine of the Baha'U'llah (Acre)
More about the Baha'i Faith
Gems in Israel's Haifa Issue
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