No, entry to the Gardens is free, and the tours are also offered without charge.
It is possible to visit the Gardens within the practical limits imposed by the topography. For more information, please visit the section of this Web site for organized groups.
There is no basis to this rumor. All Bahá’ís feel that it is their duty and privilege to contribute to the work of their Faith, but neither the amount nor the timing is fixed. Most Bahá’ís are not wealthy people, and their donations reflect the depth of their love and devotion.
The Bahá’í Faith is based on the teachings of two prophets of God, who lived in the nineteenth century. The first was the Báb (The Gate), who is buried on Mount Carmel. The Báb is called the Prophet-Herald because He foretold the coming of the Prophet-Founder, Bahá’u’lláh, who is buried in ‘Akko.
Some of the Bahá’í’ World Centre buildings were built into the side of the mountain in order to avoid harming the landscape of Mount Carmel and to protect the balance and design of the Gardens. These structures are mainly offices and parking lots; they include bomb shelters as required by law and a passageway which connects the buildings.
No, the Bahá’í World Centre does not accept donations of any kind from outside the Bahá’í community. The land for the Gardens was purchased, parcel by parcel, over a long period of time. Some parcels were acquired by appropriation or exchange with government bodies, but the Bahá’ís always paid full value in land or money.
Bahá’ís believe that God, Creator of the Universe, has educated humankind all through history by sending the prophets or messengers who established the world’s major religions. In this sense, all religions come from the same source and are part of one ongoing educative process; Bahá’ís recognize two prophets for this age, the Báb and Bahá’u’lláh.
In the Bahá’í Faith there is no professional clergy or other category of people whose function is to administer the community, officiate at ceremonies or provide spiritual guidance.
The Bahá’í community is made up of over eight million people who represent a sampling of all the world’s tribal, racial, and ethnic groups. In 1988, with Bahá’ís living in over 100,000 localities in 206 sovereign and non sovereign countries, the Britannica Book of the Year concluded that the Bahá’í Faith had a significant following in more countries than any other religion except Christianity. The largest national Bahá’í community is in India.