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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 250

Century-long process about to culminate

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 ottobre 2016

bahai-housesbahai-houses1Santiago — The dedication of the Baha’i House of Worship taking place in Santiago, Chile, signifies a historic conclusion to a century-long process of raising up continental Baha’i Houses of Worship around the world.A House of Worship is a pivotal institution of Baha’i community life, ordained by Baha u llah as a sacred structure open to all and referred to as “Mashriqu ‘ l-Adhkar,” which translates to “Dawning Place of the Mention of God.”The first Baha’i House of Worship was completed in 1908 in the city of Ishqabad in Russian Turkistan (now Ashgabat, Turkmenistan). The Mashriqu ‘ l-Adhkar complex included the central Temple, traveler’s hospices, schools, medical and other facilities. After being expropriated by the Soviet authorities, the House of Worship was seriously damaged in an earthquake and eventually demolished in 1963.During the twentieth century, as the Baha’i community grew and spread globally, plans to build one House of Worship on each continent gradually began to unfold. These buildings became known as continental “Mother Temples”.The first of these in Wilmette, USA, just north of Chicago, took some four decades to complete, opening in 1953. This beautiful, inventive building required the pioneering of new technology to bring the vision of its architect to fruition. (photos: baha’i houses)


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