Baha'i Founder's Shrine and Gardens
Baha'i Founder's Shrine and Gardens Review
For the Baha'is, this is the holiest place on earth, the site of the tomb of the faith's prophet and founder, Baha'u'llah. First you'll pass the gardens' west gate, open only to Baha'is. Take the first right (no sign) and continue to the unobtrusive turn, 500 yards up, to the north (main) gate. Baha'u'llah lived in the red-tile mansion here after he was released from jail in Akko, and was buried in the small building next door, now the Shrine of Baha'u'llah. It's best to go on weekends, when the inner gardens and shrine are open. Going through the black-iron gate, follow a white gravel path in the exquisitely landscaped gardens, with a fern-covered fountain and an observation point along the way, until you reach the shrine. Visitors are asked to dress modestly. The shrine is on Route 4, about 1 km (½ mi) north of the gas station at Akko's northern edge.