Visit Haifa, the well known city for its splendid Baha’i Gardens and for being the holiest place on Earth for the Baha’i believers. Located near the Mediterranean sea, between Tel Aviv and Akko and not far away from Nazareth, can be easily included into the itinerary for at least one day.
I’ve never in my life seen such a perfect garden, such a tremendous symmetry. This garden lays over Mount Carmel – 546 meter, divided into 19 different terraces, covered in flowers, trees, stones and fountains. It has been under Unesco World Heritage since 2008 and you can clearly see why.
Tip: Visit the gardens by day and night, both views are equally worth in!
Shrine of the Bab
Located in the heart of the Baha’i Gardens, this shrine is the resting place of the prophet Bab, the founder of the Baha’i faith. The Bab has been executed in Persia but his remains were kept secretly for years, until he could be brought in Haifa at the beginning of the 19th century.
Baha’i faith believes in the existence of one single God, the unification of all religions, equality between people, gender and that among the years, many Prophets came on Earth including Moises, Buddha, Jesus and Mohammed.
Visit the place for Sunset, as it is located on top of Mount Carmel and you can have a great view of the city. If you don’t have the time, you can do it during the day too!
Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery
This monastery is located on the Mount Carmel, near the Prophet Elijah’s cave. It is honoring the Saint, with beautiful painting on its walls.
Hidden in the mountain, this cave is the place where the Prophet Elijah prayed and hide. It is said that the Holy Family stopped here as well on their return from Egypt.
Well, I hope this article convinced you to add this city as a stopover and visit Haifa by yourself!
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