The plan to turn the slope of Mount Carmel into a flourishing Gardens to surround and set off the Shrine of the Báb was born already in the 1950s, when the Shrine was being constructed. The initial nine terraces were built and covered with vegetation, while the rest waited for the right time; over the years, the continuity of land ownership from the head of the mountain to its foot was completed.
In 1987, the governing body of the community decided it was time to complete the Gardens. The architect chosen to deal with the high aesthetic and spiritual requirements, as well as with the difficult conditions of the site, was Fariborz Sahba. Mr. Sahba was just finishing ten years’ work building the Bahá’í “Lotus Temple” in New Delhi, India, which was immediately labeled “the Taj Mahal of our times” upon its completion. Below is an abridged version of an interview with Mr. Sahba, which appears in the album The Bahá’í Shrine and Gardens on Mount Carmel, published by the Haifa Tourist Board.