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Pilgrimage - Holy places

to the Bahá'í World Centre

by Bryn and Sherna Deamer

Enroute to Haifa, we also visited Petra in Jordan, and Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria in Egypt.
(Images of those parts of the trip will be found under their own pages from the links above)

In showings these images at home to friends and co-workers, it became abvious that I did not take many normal pictures. Instead it turned out that I really only took photos of the details that had changed in the last 5 years! So these photos may really be of only limited interest to most people.


The Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh and the Mansion of Báhji
Night at Bahji
Haifa Generally

The Citadel where Bahá'u'lláh and his companions were first imprisoned in Akko has undergone massive changes in recent years. We now enter from the East side of the complex through a lovely area covered with shade trees and featuring a fountatain, then around the green square above and up a ramp between the buildings which brings us up to a view of the House of Abdu'l-Pasha (photo right). At the end of the Alley, we then see the windows (top two, far right in photo unders) from where Bahá'u'lláh would wave through the bars to the pilgrims who had walkded from Iran to only be allowed to see that glimpse. The entire wing has been handed over to the Bahá'í community to maintain, and it has now been refurbished to look as it did when it was occupied by the exiles.

After climbing the steps one now finds the area where Mirza Mihdi, Bahá'u'lláh's youngest son fell through the skylight onto the crate below, cordoned off. To the right, the steps to the roof that he would have taken on that fateful day have been opened up. In each of the rooms, the bars that the British put in place in a later period have been removed, and replaced with wooden screens as historical records show were there at the time of Bahá'u'lláh.

At the House of Abud, the surprise for us was that we no longer climbed the steps directly to the House of Abud, but instead were lead into rooms to the right, and from there into the lower part of the House of Udi Khamar.

There we were servied tea, which was the only Holy place where that happened. We then climbed the steps which Bahá'u'lláh Himself climbed to enter the House of Udi-Khamar, arriving once again at the little garden courtyard that connects the upper floors of both houses.

On leaving the House of Abud, we then decended the steps, as another pilgrim group arrived in the House of Udi-Khamar to commence their visit.

Inside the courtyard of the House of Abdu'l-Pasha, the major change for us was to see the garden that had been re-planted a couple of years ago (right).

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