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Take a tour of one of the world's most gorgeous public gardens

Tourists flock to the Bahá'í Gardens for the serenity, beauty and jaw-dropping views.


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The Bahá'í Gardens in Haifa are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Bahá'í Gardens in Haifa are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Photo: Pe3k/Shutterstock
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When the Bahá'í Gardens opened to the public in 2001, it was immediately elevated into the pantheon of world class public gardens, and by 2008 UNESCO had taken notice and named it a World Heritage Site.

Located in the Mediterranean city of Haifa, Israel, the Bahá'í Gardens was built as a shrine to the Bahá'í faith and comprises a staircase of 19 terraces extending up the northern slope of the city's Mount Carmel.

Also known as the "Hanging Gardens of Haifa," each garden is linked by a set of stairs flanked by twin streams of running water cascading down the mountainside through the steps and terrace bridges. Various foliage and footpaths fill out the exterior space of each.

Beginning at its base, the Gardens extend vertically more than half a mile and cover some 2 million square feet.

From The Grapevine recently covered much of that ground to take a closer look at the awe-inspiring wonder of the Bahá'í Gardens.

The Gardens extend more than half a mile up the side of Mount Carmel.The Bahá'í Gardens extend more than half a mile up the side of Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. In the distance is the Mediterranean Sea. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

A view north from the Yef Nof balcony, the highest point of the Gardens. A view north from the Yef Nof balcony, the highest point of the Bahá'í Gardens. While Haifa sits below, small Israeli towns dotting the coast of the Mediterranean Sea can be seen in the distance. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

Visitors to the main entrance of the gardens are greeted by this fountain.Visitors to the German Colony Plaza, the lowest point of the Bahá'í Gardens, are greeted by this fountain. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

This cascading fountain leads to the first of 19 terraces in the Gardens.This cascading fountain leads to the first of 19 terraces in the Gardens. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

The Baha'i Gardens cover more than 2,000,000 square feet of Haifa's Mount Carmel. The Bahá'í Gardens cover more than 2 million square feet of Haifa's Mount Carmel. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

An eagle overlooks the main entrance of the Baha'i Gardens, where a newly married couple uses the beautiful backdrop for wedding photos.An eagle overlooks the German Colony Plaza, where a newly married couple uses the Bahá'í Gardens as a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

This garden terrace is found inside the main entrance of the gardens.This garden terrace is found inside the main entrance of the Bahá'í Gardens. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

The main entrance of the Gardens is located halfway up Mount Carmel. The main entrance of the Bahá'í Gardens is located halfway up Mount Carmel. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

Because it's built into the side of a mountain, many parts of the Gardens are made of sloping fields.Because it's built into the side of a mountain, many parts of the Bahá'í Gardens consist of sloping fields. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

Lavender can be seen at several points throughout the Gardens.Lavender can be spotted throughout the Bahá'í Gardens. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

The landscaping in the gardens is impeccable and the grounds crew is ever present.The landscaping in the Bahá'í Gardens is impeccable, thanks to an ever-present grounds crew. (Photo: Zach Pontz)

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