This Nawruz marks the 100th anniversary of the sacred remains of the Báb being interred in its permanent resting place, on Mount Carmel, Palestine, in 1909.
On July 9, 1850 the Báb was brought before a firing squad in the barracks square of Tabríz, along with a young follower. He was only 30 years old and some 20,000 of His followers perished in a series of massacres throughout Persia. His remains were preserved and concealed for almost 60 years, eventually transferred to Palestine, and in 1909 interred in a mausoleum on the slopes of Mount Carmel. The colonnade and golden dome over the mausoleum were completed in 1953. Their design, by a Canadian architect, William Sutherland Maxwell, harmonizes eastern and western proportions and style. The Shrine is a place for quiet prayer and meditation where no ceremonies or religious services are held.
This hallowed spot is now the center piece of the Baha’i hanging gardens, fashioned in the form of 19 terraces that radiate outwards, and was recognized as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2008.
Prior to His execution, the Báb was deprived of light in the dungeons of Mah-ku and Chihriq, in Azarbaijan, but now the Shrine of the Báb, with its golden dome, sparkles during the day and is lit up at night time, for a brief moment, to the delight of all those that live in Haifa.
The moving story of the events from a 100 years ago can be found at this site: