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Introduction

Image 1 - The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh
The entrance to the tomb of Bahá’u’lláh. The inscription, an invocation in Arabic meaning “O Glory of Glories,” is a reference to Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives -- Download a high resolution version of this image

Early Life

Iran
Image 1 - The childhood of Bahá’u’lláh
The city of Tehran, Iran, where Bahá’u’lláh was born. Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 2 - An early experience
Takur, in the north of Iran, where the family of Bahá’u’lláh had a house.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 3 - Bahá’u’lláh as a youth
The house of Bahá’u’lláh in Takur, Mázindarán, destroyed by the government in 1981. Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1975 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 4 - Early adulthood
Another view of the house of Bahá’u’lláh in Takur, Mázindarán.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 5 - "Father of the poor"
Bahá’u’lláh's room in His house in Takur, Mázindarán, kept in its original condition.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 6 - A great love of nature
A garden at Bahá’u’lláh's house in Shimran.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c 1900-1940 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 7 - Ardent supporter of a new religion
Murgh-Mahallih, Bahá’u’lláh's summer residence in Shimran, on the lower slopes of the Elburz Mountains, Iran.Photo Credit: Mirza Hadji Aqa, 1914 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 8 - Historic meeting at Badasht
A view of Badasht.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 9 - Bahá’u’lláh tortured in Mázindarán
The mosque in Amul, Mázindarán, Iran.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 10 - Government orders Bahá’u’lláh’s arrest
The village of Afchih, near Tehran.Photo Credit: Mirza Hadji Aqa, 1914 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 11 - Bahá’u’lláh faces His accusers
The village of Niyavaran near Tehran, where Bahá’u’lláh stayed overnight.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 12 - A revelation from God
A view of the city of Tehran, where Bahá’u’lláh was imprisoned in 1852.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image

Exile

Baghdad
Image 1 - Exiled in the depths of winter
The mountains in western Iran which Bahá’u’lláh and His family had to traverse on their journey to Baghdad.Photo Credit: © Marco Prins and Jona Lendering / Courtesy: Livius, date unknown --
Image 2 - Bahá’u’lláh arrives in Baghdad
Historical view of Baghdad.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 3 - Solitude in the mountains of Kurdistan
View of the mountains where Bahá’u’lláh stayed in Sulaymaniyyih.Photo Credit: David Toeg, 1940 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 4 - Return to Baghdad
A 19th-century Ottoman coffeehouse.Photo Credit: Engraving, c. 1800's --
Image 5 - Bahá’u’lláh declares His mission
Historical view of Baghdad and the Tigris River.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c. 1930 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Constantinople
Image 1 - The journey to Constantinople
Drawing of a kajavih (howdah), a common mode of travel in Iran in the mid-1800s.Photo Credit: Drawing, date unknown --
Image 2 - Caravan reaches the Black Sea
The port town of Samsun, by the Black Sea in Turkey.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 3 - Bahá’u’lláh arrives in Constantinople
View of Constantinople (now called Istanbul).Photo Credit: USA memory collection, c. 1870 --
Image 4 - Bahá’u’lláh's enemies exile Him again
The Blue Mosque in Constantinople.Photo Credit: Internet Archive/University of Toronto, c 1890 --
Adrianople
Image 1 - Perilous conditions
The bridge at Büyükçekmece, Turkey, which Bahá’u’lláh and His companions crossed on their way from Constantinople to Adrianople in December 1863.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 2 - Arrival in Adrianople
A view of Adrianople (now called Edirne).Photo Credit: Internet Archive/University of Toronto, c. 1890 --
Image 3 - Bahá’u’lláh continues to attract followers
The Mosque of Sultan Salim in Adrianople.Photo Credit: Dan Engle, 1971 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 4 - Reaction of the people
A modern view of the house of Rida Big, the residence of Bahá’u’lláh in Adrianople for one year. The Mosque of Sultan Salim is in the background.Photo Credit: Axel Anders, 1993 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 5 - Bahá’u’lláh is poisoned
A recent view of the house of Rida Big, where Bahá’u’lláh stayed in Adrianople.Photo Credit: Dean Wilkey, 2002 --
Image 6 - The Tablet of Ahmad
Interior of Bahá’u’lláh's residence in Adrianople.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1993 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 7 - Bahá’u’lláh writes to the rulers of the world
Interior of the Mosque of Sultan Salim.Photo Credit: Anjali Pala, 2006 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 8 - The Sultan orders Bahá’u’lláh's final exile
The interior of the Mosque of Sultan Salim.Photo Credit: Anjali Pala, 2006 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 9 - Arrival in Gallipoli
Gallipoli, Turkey, in a photo from modern times.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1970 -- Download a high resolution version of this image

Holy Land

‘Akká
Image 1 - The prison city of ‘Akká
View of ‘Akká from the Mediterranean Sea. Photo Credit: Kertu Laur, 2006 --
Image 2 - Arrival at the sea gate
The sea gate where Bahá’u’lláh and His companions entered ‘Akká in 1868.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1920 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 3 - "The most desolate of cities"
One of ‘Akká's narrow public passageways.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 4 - The march to the prison
‘Akká in recent times.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 5 - The Sultan's sentence
A recent photograph of Al-Jazzar Mosque in ‘Akká.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 6 - The exiles are taken to the prison
Stairway and entrance to the prison of ‘Akká.Photo Credit: Edward Getsinger, c. 1920 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 7 - The entrance to the fortress
A recent photograph of the restored entrance to the citadel of ‘Akká.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 2006 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 8 - An imposing citadel
The two windows farthest right on the second floor show the room that Bahá’u’lláh occupied in the prison.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1921 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 9 - The barracks square
The barracks square of the prison. Bahá’u’lláh was first held in a room adjacent to the square and later moved to his cell on the second floor of the building in the center of the photo.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1920 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 10 - Inside the citadel
A view of some of the cells that were occupied by the exiles. The room of Bahá’u’lláh is on the left. Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1921 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 11 - The cell of Bahá’u’lláh
The interior of the cell occupied by Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Clarence Welsh, 1921 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 12 - Restrictions eased slightly
A view of the cell of Bahá’u’lláh after its restoration in 2004.Photo Credit: Edit Kálmán, 2004 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 13 - Bahá’u’lláh’s followers begin to visit ‘Akká
The view from the prison.Photo Credit: Lutfu'llah Hakim, 1921 --
Image 14 - A few pilgrims enter the prison
A view from one of the restored prison cells occupied by the exiles.Photo Credit: Edit Kálmán, 2004 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 15 - A tragic accident
The skylight through which Mírzá Mihdí fell can be seen in this aerial photograph from 1917. The skylight is highlighted.Photo Credit: German Aerial Photographic Archives, Munich, 1917 --
Image 16 - The passing of Mírzá Mihdí
The skylight of the prison area, now restored, where Mírzá Mihdí fell.Photo Credit: Nancy Wong, 2004 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 17 - The sacrifice of a son
During the restoration of the prison it was decided to leave untouched the floor where Mírzá Mihdí fell. The stairs to the roof are in the background. Photo Credit: Edit Kálmán, 2004 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 18 - Bahá’u’lláh leaves the citadel
A view of the house of ‘Údí Khammár from Genoa Square, located in the rear of the building now known as the House of ‘Abbúd. The arched doorway on the right opens to the staircase to the second and third floors.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1921 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 19 - The House of ‘Údí Khammár
The interior of the house of ‘Údí Khammár. The entrance to the room of Bahá’u’lláh is on the right.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 20 - Bahá’u’lláh writes His “Most Holy Book"
Bahá’u’lláh's room in the house of ‘Údí Khammár, where He revealed the Kitáb-i-Aqdas. Photo Credit: Effie Baker, 1921 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 21 - People of ‘Akká increasingly show respect
Bahá’u’lláh's room in the house of ‘Údí Khammár. After He moved to the adjoining House of ‘Abbúd, this became the room of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.Photo Credit: Dean Wilkey, 2000 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 22 - From hatred to admiration and respect
The House of ‘Abbúd.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1905 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 23 - Bahá’u’lláh in the House of ‘Abbúd
A view of the House of ‘Abbúd in more recent times.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 24 - Greater numbers of pilgrims
The stairs leading to the upper floor of the House of ‘Abbúd.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 25 - The role of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá
The main hall in the House of ‘Abbúd, now decorated with historical items.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 26 - Bahá’u’lláh's room in the House of ‘Abbúd
The room Bahá’u’lláh occupied in the House of ‘Abbúd.Photo Credit: Axel Anders, 1993 --
Image 27 - Balcony by the sea
Balcony outside Bahá’u’lláh's room on the second floor of the House of ‘Abbúd. Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 28 - Life in ‘Akká
A street scene in ‘Akká.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1914 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 29 - A caravanserai in ‘Akká
The Khán-i-Avámíd, a caravanserai in ‘Akká.Photo Credit: Bernard Dichter, early 1900s --
Image 30 - The public bath
The large public bath in ‘Akká where Bahá’u’lláh sometimes went, escorted by a guard. Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 31 - Bahá’u’lláh requests repairs to the aqueduct
The aqueduct to carry water to ‘Akká was built in about 1815 to replace an earlier one destroyed by Napoleon. By the time of Bahá’u’lláh's arrival, it had fallen into disrepair.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1968 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 32 - Outside the city walls
The pines of Bahjí on the land of the Jamal brothers, site of the dinner which signaled that Bahá’u’lláh could leave the boundaries of the walled city.Photo Credit: Edward Getsinger, c. 1900 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 33 - Restrictions are lifted
The land gate of ‘Akká from inside the city. Bahá’u’lláh left through this gate.Photo Credit: Clarence Welsh, 1921 --
Image 34 - Bahá’u’lláh leaves the walled city
A view of the land gate from outside the walls of the city.Photo Credit: Clarence Welsh, 1921 --
Mazra'ih
Image 1 - Arrival at Mazra‘ih
The Mansion of Mazra‘ih.Photo Credit: Edward Getsinger, c. 1900 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 2 - A residence in the countryside
An aerial photograph of the village of Mazra‘ih showing the mansion where Bahá’u’lláh lived. The Mediterranean Sea is in the distance.Photo Credit: Lacey Crawford, 1975 --
Image 3 - Mazra‘ih and its surroundings
View of the Mansion of Mazra‘ih from the east.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 4 - The Mansion of Mazra‘ih
The Mansion of Mazra‘ih, view from the west.Photo Credit: Lacey J Crawford, c. 1990 --
Image 5 - Bahá’u’lláh welcomes pilgrims at His home
The reception room at the Mansion of Mazra‘ih, where Bahá’u’lláh often received guests.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 6 - Many tablets are sent
During the time of Bahá’u’lláh, this staircase, which leads to the living quarters at the Mansion of Mazra‘ih, was open to the outside. Sometime later, it was enclosed as shown.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1990 --
Image 7 - Two years at Mazra‘ih
The anteroom just outside the room of Bahá’u’lláh in the Mansion of Mazra‘ih. His room is located on the far left.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 8 - A place of beauty
Interior of the room of Bahá’u’lláh at Mazra‘ih.Photo Credit: Dean Wilkey, 2000 --
Ridvan Garden
Image 1 - The Ridván Garden
Entrance to the Ridván Garden.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 2000 --
Image 2 - "Verdant isle"
This photograph shows how the water flowed on both sides of the garden.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c.1920 --
Image 3 - A favorite retreat
A view of the Ridván Garden outside ‘Akká.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c.1920 --
Image 4 - A place to enjoy nature
The flower pots on the ground mark the location of the bench where Bahá’u’lláh often sat when He visited the garden. The river can be seen in the background.Photo Credit: Effie Baker, c.1920 --
Image 5 - In the Ridván Garden
Recent view of the fountain and benches in the Ridván Garden.Photo Credit: Ryan Lash, 2006 --
Image 6 - "Paradise"
The house in which Bahá’u’lláh stayed during His visits to the Ridván Garden. The river can be seen in the foreground.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1920 --
Image 7 - Bahá’u’lláh's room at the Ridván Garden
The room of Bahá’u’lláh at the Ridván Garden as it looks today.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Bahjí
Image 1 - Bahá’u’lláh moves to Bahjí
Historical photo of the Mansion at Bahjí where Bahá’u’lláh spent the final years of His life.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1900-1920 --
Image 2 - Recognition of Bahá’u’lláh continues to grow
A view of the Mansion of Bahjí from the south.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1919 --
Image 3 - "Lofty mansion"
A view of the mansion today from the south. The Bahá'í community has spent many decades beautifying the buildings and grounds where Bahá’u’lláh spent the final years of His life.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 4 - Prophetic inscription
Entrance to the Mansion of Bahjí.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 5 - A befitting residence
Detail of the knocker on the door to the Mansion of Bahjí.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 2006 --
Image 6 - Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation continues to unfold
Stairs that lead to the upper floor of the Mansion of Bahjí.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 7 - “Be worthy of the trust of thy neighbor…”
View of the southern balcony of the mansion.Photo Credit: Edit Kálmán, 2005 --
Image 8 - A beloved visitor
At left is the room where Bahá’u’lláh greeted many of His guests. It is also the room in which He passed away, in 1892.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 2004 --
Image 9 - Days at Bahjí
The central hall of the upper floor of the Mansion at Bahjí. After the mansion was restored in the 1930s, the furnishings were put in place by Shoghi Effendi, the great-grandson of Bahá’u’lláh and Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith.Photo Credit: Dean Wilkey, 2000 --
Image 10 - Professor Browne meets Bahá’u’lláh
Room of Bahá’u’lláh at the Mansion of Bahjí.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Haifa
Image 1 - Haifa
This print shows Haifa around the time that Bahá’u’lláh made three visits, between 1883 and 1891.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 1880 --
Image 2 - “The Lord is nigh – 1871”
A detail from one of the Templer houses in Haifa. The German inscription over the window translates to "The Lord is nigh — 1871."Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 2007 --
Image 3 - Bahá’u’lláh on Mount Carmel
This spot at the foot of Mount Carmel is one of the places Bahá’u’lláh pitched His tent during a visit to Haifa.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 2007 --
Image 4 - Visiting God’s holy mountain
Tents used by Bahá’u’lláh in Haifa on Mount Carmel.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1971 --
Image 5 - Bahá’u’lláh indicates where the Báb should be interred
Circle of cypress trees near the Shrine of the Báb.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, 1909 --
Image 6 - The Shrine of the Báb
The completed Shrine of the Báb and gardens. The circle of cypress trees where Bahá’u’lláh stood can be seen on the right side of the Shrine.Photo Credit: Nancy Wong, 2006 --
Image 7 - The Tablet of Carmel
The spot near where Bahá’u’lláh wrote the Tablet of Carmel.Photo Credit: Nancy Wong, 2006 --
Image 8 - Fulfillment of the Tablet of Carmel
View of the Bahá'í World Centre on Mount Carmel, Haifa.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives, c. 2000 --
The Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh
Image 1 - The passing of Bahá’u’lláh
Room where Bahá’u’lláh passed away in 1892.Photo Credit: Nancy Wong, 2007 --
Image 2 - "The Sun of Truth … hath set"
The Mansion of Bahjí at night.Photo Credit: Kamran Granfar, 2004 --
Image 3 - The holiest place
Path leading to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Ryan Lash, 2004 --
Image 4 - Words of guidance
Entrance to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 5 - “ … be illumined with the light of concord”
Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh at night. Photo Credit: Ken Duszynski, 2005 --
Image 6 - “O ye that dwell on earth!”
Detail of the gate leading to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Edit Kálmán, 2004 --

Holy Relics

Image 1 - Taj of Bahá’u’lláh
A taj of Bahá’u’lláh displayed in His room at Bahjí.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 2 - The robes of Bahá’u’lláh
Three of the robes worn by Bahá’u’lláh displayed in the Bahá'í International Archives.Photo Credit: Lacey Crawford, 1970 --
Image 3 - The kashkul of Bahá’u’lláh
The kashkul (alms bowl) Bahá’u’lláh used as He traveled through the mountains of Sulaymaniyyih as a dervish from 1854 to 1856.Photo Credit: Ted Cardell, 1952 --
Image 4 - Pen used by Bahá’u’lláh
Cut-reed pen and ink spoon used by Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Ted Cardell, 1952 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 5 - Pocket watch belonging to Bahá’u’lláh
Pocket watch, watch cord and fob belonging to Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Ted Cardell, 1952 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 6 - A small bag used by Bahá’u’lláh
Brocade pouch belonging to Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Ted Cardell, 1952 --
Image 7 - Prayer beads belonging to Bahá’u’lláh
Prayer beads belonging to Bahá’u’lláh kept at the Bahá'í International Archives in Haifa.Photo Credit: Ted Cardell, 1952 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 8 - Seals of Bahá’u’lláh
Several of the carved seals of Bahá’u’lláh used to stamp letters or tablets to verify the author.Photo Credit: Ted Cardell, 1952 -- Download a high resolution version of this image
Image 9 - Design made from the seals of Bahá’u’lláh
Impressions of the seals of Bahá’u’lláh, displayed in an ornamental Persian design.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 10 - Photograph of Bahá’u’lláh
The cabinet containing the photograph of Bahá’u’lláh is to the left in the set. The other cabinets contain paintings of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb. They are located in the Bahá'í International Archives.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --

Holy Tablets

Image 1 - Writings of Bahá’u’lláh in His own hand
Two verses of the Hidden Words (Arabic 68 and 69) written in Bahá’u’lláh’s handwriting. They were illuminated some time later.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 2 - Letter of Bahá’u’lláh to His daughter
Letter written in Bahá’u’lláh's own hand and sent to His daughter, Bahíyyih Khánum, the Greatest Holy Leaf.Photo Credit: Denny Allen, 2000 --
Image 3 - Verses of Bahá’u’lláh written on the occasion of Ridván
Illuminated calligraphy of verses of Bahá’u’lláh revealed for the Festival of Ridván, displayed in His room at the Mansion of Mazra‘ih.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 4 - "Revelation" writing
Leaf from the Epistle to the Son of the Wolf (Lawh-i-Ibn-i-Dhi'b), in the "Revelation" handwriting of Mirza Aqa Jan, the secretary of Bahá’u’lláh.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 5 - Tablet of the Holy Mariner
Copy of the Tablet of the Holy Mariner, rendered in the calligraphy of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
Image 6 - The Most Holy Book
An illuminated copy of the Kitáb-i-Aqdas, commissioned by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá in 1902.Photo Credit: Bahá'í World Centre archives --
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