If you’ve never visited one of the seven Baha’i Houses of Worship, it’s really worth doing. Not only are they a serene place to pray and meditate, but are also simply stunningly beautiful to look at. The temples are spread out across the world, with an eighth currently under construction in Chile and sites chosen in forty five more countries.
Abdu’l-Baha has said that:
…the original purpose of temples and houses of worship is simply that of unity–places of meeting where various peoples, different races and souls of every capacity may come together in order that love and agreement should be manifest between them . . . that all religions, races and sects may come together within its universal shelter …Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 65
Moreover in his book A Short Introduction to the Baha’i Faith, author Moojan Momen discusses how the Houses of Worship will become important social centers:
It is envisaged, however, that in the future in each town there will be built a house of worship (Mashriqu’l-Adhkár). Around it will be built schools, universities, libraries, medical facilities, orphanages and so on. This will become the spiritual and social centre of the community. A Short Introduction to the Baha’i Faith (Read it Online)
It would be difficult to get out to the seven locations spread out from Uganda to Australia, but fortunately thanks to the magic of social photo sharing site Flickr, you can see some gorgeous photos of these important Baha’i buildings. We’ve collected a sample of great photography from Flickr to get you started. Be sure to click through and view the galleries of these talented photographers, as well as stop by the Flickr Baha’i Houses of Worship Group for more photographic goodness.