Baha'i House of Worship, Wilmette

A Bahá'í House of Worship, sometimes referred to by the name of mašriqu-l-'aḏkār, Arabic phrase meaning "Dawning-place of the remembrances of God"), is the designation of a place of worship, or temple, of the Bahá'í Faith. The teachings of the religion envisage Houses of Worship being surrounded by a number of dependencies dedicated to social, humanitarian, educational, and scientific pursuits, although none has yet been built to such an extent.
Ten Bahá'í Houses of Worship have been built around the world, nine currently stand including eight continental temples and one local temple. In the Ridván Message for 2012, the Universal House of Justice announced new initiatives for future Houses of Worship, calling for the first national and locally based institutions. The first two "national Mashriqu'l-Adhkars" are to be raised up in two countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Papua New Guinea. With successful growth and cluster development it was also announced that the erection of the first local Houses of Worship would be raised up. Bahá'í communities own many properties where Houses of Worship remain to be constructed as the Bahá'í community grows and develops further. The Houses of Worship are open to the public, and are exclusively reserved for worship, where sermons are prohibited and only scriptural texts may be read. Most Bahá'í meetings occur in local Bahá'í centres, individuals' homes, or rented facilities, though local houses of worship are forthcoming.
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  • The Baha’i House of Worship is a marvel to visit for anyone who enjoys unique architecture, learning about other religions and just enjoy sitting in the shade of the gardens. There is a visit center w...  more »
  • An architectural masterpiece with beautiful landscaping grounds. Inside in the temple is breathtaking and stunning. The overall site is very well kept and very tranquil and free to visit. So glad we v...  more »
  • I take my kids for a nice afternoon walk. We visit this place few times a year at least. If you are planning on going there make sure you take your camera and go there in afternoon. The lightning is just awesome for photography.
  • With the lake Michigan at its backdrop, Baha'i House of Worship is a single sacred space for the North American continent. Situated at Wilmette, Illinois, it marks the a lofty purpose of making humanity find a place of meeting in order to conduct unity and fellowship among them. With more than 30 years in construction and helmed by French-Canadian architect Louis Bourgeois, this architectural marvel surely is a place of sanctity and humane harmony. An area of gardens encircles this nine-sided Structure that harbours a durable ornamentation of concrete panels composed of quartz crystal and white cement. The inner central dome is intricately carved with utmost precision and truly brings out the core principles of the Baha'i Faith.
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