Bahá’í House of Worship-North America

All Bahá’í Houses of Worship, including the Temple of North America, share certain architectural elements, some of which are specified by Bahá’í scripture. `Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the religion, stipulated that an essential architectural character of a House of Worship is a nine sided circular shape. While all current Bahá’í Houses of Worship have a dome.Bahá’í scripture also states that no pictures, statues or images be displayed within the House of Worship and no pulpits or altars be incorporated as an architectural feature.
“There are combinations of mathematical lines, symbolizing those of the universe, and in their intricate merging of circle into circle, and circle within circle, we visualize the merging of all religions into one.”
Architect Louis Bourgeois

Bahá’í House of Worship-Panama

The Temple of Panama is one of eight Bahá’í House of Worship facilities in the world and has welcomed over 2000 visitors per month and over the years it has become one of the capital’s most highly recommended tourist destinations.
“Before the metro was built, nobody knew how to get here. They got lost and never managed to find the temple. Now, the temple become much more visible because one of the metro exits is right at the Baha’i Temple.

Bahá’í House of Worship-Germany

Bahá’í House of Worship-Germany also known as Mother Temple of Europe.
This building is dedicated to the three fundamental truths of the Baha’I Religion: the oneness of God, the oneness of His Messengers and the oneness of mankind.
Shoghi Effendi gave instructions in 1953 to build the first European House of Worship near Frankfurt am Main. A decisive factor in the choice of the location was this city’s central location with respect to both Germany and Europe as a whole.
A competition to design the House of Worship had already taken place in 1954. Following careful scrutiny of all proposals submitted by the nineteen participating architects, the design by a young Frankfurt based architect named Teuto Rocholl was selected.

Bahá’í House of Worship-Samoa

The Mother Temple of the Pacific Islands in Samoais situated at a high elevation near the country’s largest population center.
Malietoa Tanumafili II, the king of Samoa and the world’s only reigning Baha’i monarch, dedicated the structure in September 1984.
The property comprises nearly nine hectares (twenty-two acres) at an altitude of approximately six hundred meters (1,900 feet).
The white, mosaic-tiled dome rests atop nine pairs of buttresses clad in imported Australian granite in soft red tones.
Through use of modern construction techniques, the dome’s nine ribs of mirrored glass, the graceful arched windows, and the wide expanse of glazing over each portal seemingly draw light through the structure itself and provide an iridescent effect when the building is lit at night.