Baha'i House of Worship, Wilmette

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A Bahá'í House of Worship, sometimes referred to by the name of mašriqu-l-'aḏkār, Arabic phrase meaning "Dawning-place of the remembrances of God"), is the designation of a place of worship, or temple, of the Bahá'í Faith. The teachings of the religion envisage Houses of Worship being surrounded by a number of dependencies dedicated to social, humanitarian, educational, and scientific pursuits, although none has yet been built to such an extent.Ten Bahá'í Houses of Worship have been built around the world, nine currently stand including eight continental temples and one local temple. In the Ridván Message for 2012, the Universal House of Justice announced new initiatives for future Houses of Worship, calling for the first national and locally based institutions. The first two "national Mashriqu'l-Adhkars" are to be raised up in two countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Papua New Guinea. With successful growth and cluster development it was also announced that the erection of the first local Houses of Worship would be raised up. Bahá'í communities own many properties where Houses of Worship remain to be constructed as the Bahá'í community grows and develops further. The Houses of Worship are open to the public, and are exclusively reserved for worship, where sermons are prohibited and only scriptural texts may be read. Most Bahá'í meetings occur in local Bahá'í centres, individuals' homes, or rented facilities, though local houses of worship are forthcoming.
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  • The Baha'i was absolutely breathtaking. The intricate carvings on the outside and the high ceilings inside took my breath away. I loved the message that the people who worship here spread and I was wa...  more »
  • Highly recommended! Without reservation. The story of the building this lovely house of worship is very interesting. It was a true labor of love. The architecture is outstanding, both on the inside an...  more »
  • This beautiful structure with its newly renovated gardens is an absolute gem. The view looking upward from the sanctuary is particularly spectacular, but be prepared to accommodate those who are there...  more »
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  • Worth the drive and overnight stay to see at night and then to have devotions next day. Tour of grounds. The most sacred place on the North American continent. So beautiful.🙏🏻
  • Such a beautiful structure. Looks very magnificent. I was told to read up on the history behind the structure, and the kind of marble used on the building. It was closed due to the heavy snowfall, but still worth seeing from the outside, as only 7 such temples exist in the world!
  • Absolute place of peace. Regardless of what you believe you can find comfort and acceptance here. I come here often to escape the noise and aggression of the city. The serene gardens and the beauty of this building have a recharging quality that help me feel whole and and at peace. Easily accessible by public transportation. Plenty of free parking. They do not allow picnicking on their grounds but you can find several nearby parks that do.
  • One of the best place to visit if u are in chicago. The place is beautiful and peaceful. There is also beach near to this temple. Good place to visit during summer so u can enjoy the beach as well.
  • Beautiful, quiet, and serene. Good for reflection and meditation. Beautiful architecture and the grounds outside are also lovely. I went in November but I would love to see it in summer too. A must-see for anyone who wants a change of scenery when visiting Chicago.
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