The Terraces / Hanging Gardens, Haifa (must see)
The terraces were opened to the public in June 2001. Beginning at its base, the gardens extend almost a kilometre up the side of Mount Carmel, covering some 200,000 square metres of land. The gardens are linked by a set of stairs flanked by twin streams of running water cascading down the mountainside through the steps and terrace bridges. The gardens have elements of the Persian paradise gardens, isolating the site from the noise of the surroundings and connecting the different Bahá'í buildings on Mount Carmel together.
Tips & practical advice:
a) there are 3 parts of the gardens: upper cascade is open for visiting only at certain hours in groups of 25-35 ppl with a Bahai guide; middle garden with the Shrine is open till noon; and the lower cascade is closed for public (it's for Bahai only). b) Visiting hours are checked at ganbahai website. c) if you want to see as much as possible, you must enter the upper terrace at around 11am, then descend to the middle garden in time to visit it as well. Note: there might be a queue at the upper entrance. d) If you have no time to wait or no ability to descend many stairs, aim at the middle gardens. e) if you didn't make it in time, still you can visit the upmost (at Yefe Nof) or downmost (at Ben Gurion Blvd, German Colony) terraces – definitely worth seeing even only this bit.
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