The Terraces / Hanging Gardens, Haifa

The Terraces / Hanging Gardens, Haifa (must see)

The Terraces of the Bahá'í Faith, also known as the Hanging Gardens of Haifa, are garden terraces around the Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel. They are one of the most visited tourist attractions in Israel. The architect is Fariborz Sahba from Iran, the structural engineers are Karban and Co. from Haifa. Nine concentric circles provide the main geometry of the eighteen terraces. Just as the identification of a circle presupposes a centre, so the terraces have been conceived as generated from the Shrine of the Báb. The eighteen terraces plus the one terrace of the Shrine of the Báb make nineteen terraces total. Nineteen is a significant number within both the Bahá'í and Bábí religions. Fariborz Sahba began work in 1987 designing the gardens and oversaw construction.

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.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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The Terraces / Hanging Gardens on Map

Sight Name: The Terraces / Hanging Gardens
Sight Location: Haifa, Israel
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Haifa, Israel

Create Your Own Walk in Haifa

Create Your Own Walk in Haifa

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Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa

Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Bat Galim Neighborhood Walking Tour

Bat Galim Neighborhood Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Shopping in Haifa

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Ein Hod Village Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 km
City Orientation Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km