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Baha'i Houses of Worship Around the World

Updated on July 19, 2016

Baha'is do not have temples in each town and usually meet in homes or meeting halls. They do, however, have seven Houses of Worship around the world.

All houses of worship look different from each other but have two things in common. They all have nine sides and are topped by a dome.

The first House of Worship was built in 1908 in Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan, but it no longer stands. The oldest House of Worship still in use is in Wilmette, Illinois, USA and was built in 1953.

Apart from this, Houses of Worship also exist in Kampala, Uganda; Sydney, Australia; Langenhain, Germany; Panama City, Panama; Tiapapata, Western Samoa and in New Delhi, India.

Address: 100 Linden Ave. Wilmette, IL 60091
Address: 100 Linden Ave. Wilmette, IL 60091

Wilmette, Illinois USA- Dedicated in 1953

The construction of the building began in 1921 and was completed in 1953. The temple was dedicated on 01 May 1953. The temple was designed by Canadian Louis Bourgeois.

A short prayer sessions are held in the auditorium at 12:30 everyday.

The visitor's centre and bookstore are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. from Monday to Sunday.

On April 30, 2007, the Bahá'í House of Worship was named one of the Seven Wonders of Illinois by the Illinois Bureau of Tourism.

For more information visit http://www.bahai.us/bahai-temple

Sydney Australia - Dedicated in 1961

Address: 173 Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, NSW 2101
Address: 173 Mona Vale Road, Ingleside, NSW 2101 | Source

On the 17th of September 1961, the Baha'i House of Worship in Sydney was dedicated. The temple has a seating capacity of 600, its height from basement to top of spire is just under 40 metres.

Services of Worship:

Consist of the recitation of Baha'i scriptures and the scriptures of other divinely revealed religions, combined with the melodious voices of an unaccompanied choir. Services are held each Sunday morning 11:0 am . The House of Worship is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm during summer months.

Kampala, Uganda - Dedicated in 1961

The temple is located on Kikaya Hill, Kampala Uganda. It is situated on a 500 acre property, with a garden, guest house and administrative office.

The temple was designed by Charles Mason Remey. Construction of the edifice began in 1958 and was dedicated in 1961.

Frankfurt, Germany- Dedicated in 1964

Located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains of Germany.
Located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains of Germany.

Panama City, Panama - Dedicated in 1972

Designed by Peter Tillotson
Designed by Peter Tillotson

Apia, Western Somoa - Dedicated in 1984

Located in Tiapapata, 8 km from Apia, Samoa. Designed by  Hossein Amanat.
Located in Tiapapata, 8 km from Apia, Samoa. Designed by Hossein Amanat.
The Lotus temple in New delhi, India is one of the famous Baha'i houses of worship.
The Lotus temple in New delhi, India is one of the famous Baha'i houses of worship.

New Delhi, India - Dedicated in 1986

The construction of the Indian Baha'i temple began in 1980 and the House of Worship was dedicated to public worship in 1986. It has no pillars or beams. The petals are made of white concrete and are covered by marble. Marble pieces of over 10,000 different sizes have been used in the construction of the temple. The marble is of Greek origin and was cut and polished in Italy.

Architect: Mr. Fariborz Sahba.

Temple Visit:

The temple is open from Monday - Saturday from :

  • 8:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    4:00p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday (CLOSED)

For more information visit the India Baha'i House of Worship virtual tour

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    • grand old lady profile image

      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      Very interesting, and I loved the photos! There is a house in Makati where the Bahai meet and have yoga and meditation classes. I went there once to write about them for a magazine. Since then, I know about three people who are members of this group.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      6 years ago

      MM Del Rosario, This was informative and interesting! Thank You for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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      Lifebydesign 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Great hub. I loved that you included the new one being built in Chile!

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      The Good Cook 

      8 years ago

      Lovely, informative hub.

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      Neha J 

      8 years ago from Delhi

      I had been in the Lotus temple at New Delhi. It is a nice place. Here we can pray silently.

      Thanks for sharing the info

    • MM Del Rosario profile imageAUTHOR

      MM Del Rosario 

      8 years ago from NSW, Australia

      Hi Peter

      it must be the Baha'i Shrine and Gardens at Haifa, Israel - where the Bab is buried and it is a place of pilgrimage for the Baha'is.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrine_of_the_B%C3%A1...

      http://www.sacred-destinations.com/israel/haifa-ba...

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      Peter Dickinson 

      8 years ago from South East Asia

      Is there not a huge Baha'i temple in Jerusalem also? I always believed there was. My ex wife was a Baha'i for several years and I thought she mentioned it.

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