Holy Places and Houses of Worship
The burial places, or Shrines, of Bahá'u'lláh, the Báb, and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, and other sites associated with their lives are revered as holy places. The Shrines are located at the Bahá'í World Centre in the Haifa/‘Akká area in northern Israel and are the object of pilgrimage for thousands of Bahá'ís annually. Bahá’u’lláh designated Bahá’í Houses of Worship as spiritual gathering places for prayer and meditation round which will cluster social, humanitarian, educational, and scientific institutions. This conception exemplifies the broad context in which the worship of God, according to the Bahá’í teachings, is to be expressed. So far, seven Houses of Worship have been built, on a continental basis.