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“Experience Could Have Been Better” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome

Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome
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Caeserea, Rosh Hanikra and Acre Day Trip from Tel Aviv
Ranked #1 of 86 things to do in Haifa
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Owner description: Extending from the summit of Mount Carmel, this magnificent garden features 19 terraces and its centerpiece, the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab, which contains the tomb of Siyyad Ali Muhammed.
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“Experience Could Have Been Better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2013

Upon entering the temple complex, a guard told us we could not use our tripod because "that's the way it is" although we only carried a small point & shoot camera & needed it to take our pictures together with the view in the background. I found this quite annoying.

The garden itself was beautiful & very well maintained but we could not explore the garden beside the staircase leading down to the street below as it was closed (no elevators), unfortunately (we entered through the main entrance at the top, near the temple).

There was also an unfriendly guard that watched us as if we were troublemakers & asked us to take off our shoes upon 1st stepping on the marble floor of the temple, when we discovered it was actually ok to take off our shoes only in front of the temple guide near the temple building entrance.

The female toilet was not nearly as well maintained as the gardens outside, ironically. If you are driving a car, then there's some free parking in streets nearby but can be difficult to find.

On a positive note, he temple guide near the temple building entrance was quite friendly & informative in explaining the Baha'i religion to us.

Visited March 2013
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Rosh Pina, Israel
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“A peaceful site for body and mind”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

These are marvelous peaceful gardens. Their unique design, combining geometrical shapes and exquisite detailing with loving conservation of natural and historic landscape features, leaves an indelible impression on visitors heart and mind.

Visited September 2012
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Northern Ireland
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“Not practical for children”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

It was stunning and we enjoyed it from a distance. But....up close we had a problem, the steep stepped gardens are accessed by flight after flight of steps. This is fine if you aren't trying to manage a pushchair. The area has very strict guidelines about what you can and can't touch, this means that the children are not free to explore and enjoy the gardens. I would suggest visiting the bottom or top of the gardens and enjoying the views.

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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“Lovely place, but so unorganized...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

The Baha'i Gardens are definitely a place to visit while in Haifa. It is beautiful, oversees the Mediterranean sea and provides a great view of the city.
However, seems like they are so satisfied with their view that they decided to disregard the service side. The place is very unorganized, without good signs or information (either online or at the location), and no one on site who can really provide the information regarding the tours. We had to go back and forth (on a mountain, mind you) to find exactly where the tour begins, and finally found it thanks to a taxi driver who showed us the small sign that marked the beginning of the tour.
The tour itself was done in quite a rush, without much information, and seemed like something they were doing just because they have to. Too bad that with this prime location and view that's all they can achieve. Most of the gardens are not available for visit, so we have been told, and overall we expected more from this lovely venue.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great for a stroll”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

The gardens give a great local for a casual stroll. They are kept very well with a variety of plants and give great views of the Mediterranean Sea. There are tours of the gardens (I was not organised enough to plan this out so i cannot comment on the quality) and the times can be found at http://www.ganbahai.org.il/en/tours/#currenttimetable. The gardens should not be your sole focus for the day and are better as one of a few attractions you would like to see in the haifa/acre(akko) area. You can go into the temple during selected hours however you must remove your shoes and keep silence while inside the room.

Visited February 2013
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