The spiritual and administrative center of the Bahá’í Faith is permanently established in the Acre-Haifa area of northern Israel, following the explicit instructions of Bahá’u’lláh.
The burial place, or shrine, of Bahá'u'lláh near Acre and that of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa are the holiest spots on earth for Bahá’ís. Other sites associated with the life of Bahá’u’lláh as well as the burial site of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá are revered by Bahá'ís as holy places.
The shrines are the object of pilgrimage for thousands of Bahá'ís each year.
The administrative offices are positioned in an Arc across Mount Carmel in Haifa and include:
Also in Haifa are the Bahá’í International Community’s Secretariat and Office of Public Information.
The Bahá’í World Centre is known for the stunning gardens surrounding the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh near Acre, and also for the beautiful gardens and terraces surrounding the golden-domed Shrine of the Báb on Mount Carmel in Haifa.
Both shrines are open to the public.