Buildings that are part of the Baháʼí World Centre in Haifa, Israel
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Criteria||Cultural: (iii), (vi)|
|Inscription||2008 (32nd session)|
|Area||62.58 ha (154.6 acres)|
|Buffer zone||254.7 ha (629 acres)|
The Baháʼí World Centre buildings are buildings that are part of the Baháʼí World Centre in Israel. The Baháʼí World Centre buildings include both the Baháʼí holy places used for pilgrimage and the international administrative bodies of the Baháʼí Faith; they comprise more than 20 different administrative offices, pilgrim buildings, libraries, archives, historical residences, and shrines. These structures are all set amidst more than 30 different gardens or individual terraces.
The buildings themselves are located in Haifa, Acre, and Bahjí, Israel. The location of the Baháʼí World Centre buildings has its roots in Baháʼu'lláh's imprisonment in Acre, which is near Haifa, by the Ottoman Empire during the period of Ottoman rule over Palestine, now Israel.
Many Baháʼí holy places in Haifa and around Acre, including the terraces and the Shrine of the Báb on the north slope on Mount Carmel, and the Shrine of Baháʼu'lláh, the Mansion of Bahji, and the Mansion at Mazra'ih were inscribed on the World Heritage List in July 2008. The Baháʼí shrines "are the first sites connected with a relatively new religious tradition to be recognized by the World Heritage List." The UNESCO World Heritage Committee considers the sites to be "of outstanding universal value [and]...inscribed for the testimony they provide to the Baháʼí's strong tradition of pilgrimage and for their profound meaning for the faith."
- UNESCO World Heritage Centre (8 July 2008). "Three new sites inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List". Archived from the original on 10 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
- World Heritage Committee (2 July 2007). "Convention concerning the protection of the world cultural and natural heritage" (PDF). p. 34. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
- Israeli Baha'i sites recognized by UNESCO Haaretz.com
- UNESCO World Heritage Centre (8 July 2008). "Baháʼí Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee". Archived from the original on 16 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008.
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