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.
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.
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)
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