Shrine of ‘Abdu’l Bahá

The shrine dedicated to ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Master of the Universal House of Justice – the highest authority of the Baháʼí community – is located in Akka, Israel: an epic work designed by Iranian-Canadian architect Hossein Amanat.

“This temple must be different from any other building”: designer of three of the buildings of the Arc on Mount Carmel in Haifa and the Azadi Tower in Tehran, Hossein Amanat was faced with an engineering challenge in which the building itself was required to represent a symbol of peace and harmony.

The project involved the construction of 16 gigantic petals (24x10x5 h metres) in Bianco Carrara marble, which tower over the central body of the building – 55 metres in diameter – supported by eleven 11-metre high pillars, for a total of 700 cubic metres of processed material.

Technical informations

  • Location: Akka, Israel

  • Customer: Universal House of Justice

  • Project: Architect Hossein Amanat

  • Quantity: 700 m3 of Bianco Carrara

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