Who would think that 19 terraced gardens would be the pilgrimage site for a world religion? The Baha’i Gardens at Haifa’s Mount Carmel, a UN World Heritage Site since 2008, are part of the faith’s world center.
But it’s also a major tourist attraction, with 750,000 visitors last year alone. There is no entry fee, instead tourists are given free guided tours by Baha’i staff.
Some 450 plant species here were selected for their ability to survive with a minimum of water. And the extensive fountains were designed to recycle the same pool of water.