The Shrine of the Bab – one of two divine messengers associated with the Baha’i Faith - is the second most holy place for Baha’is. The Bab was executed in 1850 in Iran and His remains were later brought to Haifa and laid to rest on Mount Carmel. The golden dome of the shrine is one of the most famous landmarks in Israel.

After more than two years of extensive restoration work, the Shrine of the Bab was unveiled on the morning of 12 April, 2011. The project, which began in 2008, included: a complete structural retrofit to enhance the building’s resistance to earthquakes; restoring and conserving the stonework; replacing 12,000 ceramic tiles in the dome; improving the building's waterproofing, drainage and electrics; and refurbishing balustrades, wood and metal doors and windows.

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  • The Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel, newly unveiled after more than two years of extensive restoration and conservation work.

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  • The Mayor of Haifa, Advocate Yona Yahav, addressed guests at a celebratory reception to mark the completion of the restoration of the Shrine of the Bab, 12 April 2011

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  • The Shrine of the Bab as seen from its western gardens, early in the morning of Tuesday 12 April 2011, shortly after its unveiling.

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  • The Shrine of the Bab viewed from the complex of Baha'i administrative buildings on Mount Carmel.

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  • The Shrine of the Bab was originally built in 1909. The golden-domed superstructure was completed in 1954. More than 50,000 man-hours were spent on the restoration of the Shrine's stonework alone.

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  • The Shrine of the Bab as seen from its southern terraced gardens, early in the morning of Tuesday 12 April 2011, shortly after its unveiling after two years of restoration and conservation work.

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  • The Shrine of the Bab is flanked above and below by majestic terraced gardens. In 2008, the Shrine was inscribed – along with the Shrine of Baha'u'llah near Acre – as a site of "outstanding universal value" on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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  • A view of the restored Shrine of the Bab from its lower terraces.

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  • The Shrine of the Bab sits at the centre of 19 majestic garden terraces on Mount Carmel, Haifa, Israel. The holy site attracted more than 750,000 visitors in the year 2010 alone.

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  • The newly-restored dome of the Shrine of the Bab is unveiled in the early morning of Tuesday 12 April, 2011. Almost 12,000 gilded tiles in 120 different shapes and sizes were created for the dome.

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  • Workers reveal the newly-restored dome of the Shrine of the Bab on Tuesday 12 April 2011.

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  • Workers reveal the newly-restored dome of the Shrine of the Bab on Tuesday 12 April 2011.

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  • A night view of the Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel, Haifa, 12 April 2011.

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  • A night view of the Shrine of the Bab on Mount Carmel, Haifa, from its western gardens. 12 April 2011.

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  • Restoration of the Shrine of the Bab’s original balustrades involved remaking many pieces that were beyond repair, protecting them against moisture, regilding, and developing a system for sectional removal for future repairs. The pinnacles at each end of the balustrades were also newly gilded.

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  • This Arabic calligraphic design – translated as “O Glory of the All-Glorious” - was regilded as part of the restoration of the Shrine of the Bab.

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  • The stonework of the four corners of the Shrine of the Bab, with their Arabic calligraphic designs, was meticulously repaired and restored.

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  • A detail showing the Shrine of the Bab’’s exquisite finials, newly repaired and gilded.

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  • An interior view of the drum of the Shrine of the Bab, showing elements of the new structure designed to reinforce the building against earthquakes for 500 years. New heavy steel bracings connect the reinforced ringbeam to the original concrete piers of the superstructure.

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  • A new stone wall was constructed with concrete foundation and reinforcements to protect the Shrine against seismic forces. 120 rock anchors were also set into the mountain.

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  • Volunteers were specially chosen for the meticulous stonework at the Baha'i shrine. Specialists from Europe and the United States developed the methods and then trained the technicians, who spent thousands of hours on the detailed work.

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  • A view of the Shrine of the Bab as restoration work proceeded. One of the early phases of the project was structural reinforcement to increase resistance to earthquakes.

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  • Workers went over the entire stone exterior of the shrine and repaired every spot that showed signs of damage from 50 years of exposure to the elements.

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