Newsreel marks new developments in Chile

May 26, 2015
In the foothills of the Andes, the Baha’i House of Worship emerges, overlooking the city of Santiago

SANTIAGO, Chile — The eighth in a series of newsreels documenting the construction of the Baha'i House of Worship for South America has been released and can be viewed online in Spanish, English, and Portuguese at the official website.

The title of the episode, "Connection with South America", highlights the impact that the erection of the House of Worship is having not only on surrounding communities in Chile but across the continent.

The video describes progress that has been made over the past several months on the construction process, including the placement of marble panels in the interior of the central edifice, the near completion of the flat glass cladding on its exterior, and the removal of its temporary central tower, exposing its unique and beautiful interior, unobstructed. The video ends by capturing the placement of a sacred Baha'i symbol at its apex during a special event last month.

The newsreel also marks several significant visits to the House of Worship since the start of the new year: the Minister of Justice for the island nation of Samoa, Ms. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa; the Intendant of the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, Mr. Claudio Orrego; and the Mayor of Penalolen, Ms. Carolina Leitao. The latter two speak in the video about the significance of the House of Worship for the surrounding area and the value it brings to Chilean society.

When completed, the edifice in Santiago will be the last of the Baha'i Houses of Worship erected to serve an entire continent.

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