One Saturday when most of the buses were not running and things were VERY quiet because of Shabbat….I was invited to go with friends in their car out to Bahjí. This is the estate to the north of Haifa where Baha’u’llah went to live when he was released from the prison in ‘Akká. At the time he was there – 1879 to 1892 when he passed away – it looked nothing like it looks today. It was an old country mansion with small outbuildings and no gardens. People got there by donkey, cart or by walking.
The real work of the design of the gardens was started by Shoghi Effendi and his vision has been carried on even after his passing in 1957. This historical photo below was taken from the south and my photos below that show where we entered from the west.