BAHÁ’Í HOUSES OF WORSHIP

Learn about the Bahá’í Houses of Worship built around the world.


Baha’i Houses of Worship are few – there are only eight around the world. They are specifically dedicated to prayer, meditation, and praising God. Because the aim of this structures, as of all Bahá’í institutions, is to foster and encourage unity, the building is open to all, not just Bahá’ís.

A nine-sided structure and central dome, common to all of them, symbolize both the diversity of the human race and its essential oneness.

There are currently many other sites set aside around the world for future Houses of Worship, but local Baha’i communities tend to emphasize developing the social and spiritual institutions of communal life rather than the construction of physical buildings.

Apart from these major centers, Baha’i communities commonly have no specific places of worship and often meet in members’ homes or in local community centres.

In an address on the occasion of the laying of the cornerstone of the House of Whorship in Wilmette, near Chicago, in 1912, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explained: “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.”


Wilmette

United States

Dedicated in 1958, the Wilmette House of Worship is the largest and the oldest surviving Bahá'í House of Worship.

Kampala

Uganda

Dedicated in 1961, the Mother Temple of Africa is situated in northern Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city.

Sydney

Australia

Dedicated in 1961, this House of Worship is situated in Ingleside, a few kilometres north of the city of Sydney.

Langenhain

Germany

Dedicated in 1964, the Mother Temple of Europe is located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains, in the village of Langenhain, a suburb near Frankfurt.

Panama City

Panama

Dedicated in 1972, it serves as The Mother Temple of Latin America, overlooking Panama City from its location to the north of the city.

Tiapapata

Samoa

Dedicated in 1984, the Bahá'í House of Worship in Tiapapata is situated 8 km from Apia, Samoa, and serves as the Mother Temple of the Pacific Islands.

New Delhi

India

Dedicated in 1986, the Bahá'í temple in Delhi, India, serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent.

Santiago

Chile

The dedication is planned for October, 2016. It will be the eighth and final in a series of Baha'i Houses of Worship serving an entire continent.


Learn more about the Bahá’í Houses of Worship by visiting the official website.