Our guide explained that there are 5-6 million Baha'i's in 200 countries and that the Gardens were completed in 2001 at a cost of $250 million dollars and cost from $2-3 million in annual upkeep.The most striking feature of the gardens that form the centerpiece of
Until our guide explained, I never knew that every Baha'i has to make a pilgrimage once during his or her lifetime to the religious sights in the city of
That’s the city of
The gardens, one of
When you walk down the incredibly steep terraces, you can’t help but think how the grass ever gets mowed. So I asked the guide who explained it takes 3 people working in tandem to mow the terraces: 1 person mowing, 1 person holding a rope to the lawnmower and the last person holding a rope to the person mowing!
The Baha’i World Justice Center; there are no priests or the equivalent in the Baha’i religion, our guide stated, but there are 9 parliamentarians who are elected for a 5 year term who make the political and religious decisions for the Baha’i’s.
There are no religious symbols in the Baha’i faith, our guide told us; the sculptures are purely ornamental.