Baha'i House Of Worship

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About Baha'i House Of Worship

Hours
Auditorium: daily, 6am - 10pm. Visitor center and bookstore, daily, 10am - 5pm

Religion

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If you are a student of architecture this is a must see. If you are an individual who is open to experiencing a very serene, contemplative prayer environment this is a must do. I grew up near here so it has always been my backyard but it wasn't until my son used photos of it for a high school architectural class that we really started to appreciate the beauty and spirituality of this place. It does not matter what religion you call yourself. It is a house of worship open to everyone and this all embracing feeling is deeply felt when you sit in the solitude and quiet of the sanctuary. The grounds are impeccably maintained. You'll see rolling hills of lawn and water features like fountains. It is a photographers paradise. The outside architecture actually appears (in some places) to look like intricate lace carved into marble or white limestone. I have also seen many symbols that represent other known religions such crosses, cresents, stars of David, etc. We only get to visit a few times a year but it is always a treat. I have also brought out of country visitors and they have always marveled at it. Even if you have no interest in the spirituality, take a visit for the sheer art aspects. It's just a little north of Chicago in Wilmette. An easy drive or El ride. It is well worth it because you'll never see anything like it unless you visit India.

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If you are a student of architecture this is a must see. If you are an individual who is open to experiencing a very serene, contemplative prayer environment this is a must do. I grew up near here so it has always been my backyard but it wasn't until my son used photos of it for a high school architectural class that we really started to appreciate the beauty and spirituality of this place. It does not matter what religion you call yourself. It is a house of worship open to everyone and this all embracing feeling is deeply felt when you sit in the solitude and quiet of the sanctuary. The grounds are impeccably maintained. You'll see rolling hills of lawn and water features like fountains. It is a photographers paradise. The outside architecture actually appears (in some places) to look like intricate lace carved into marble or white limestone. I have also seen many symbols that represent other known religions such crosses, cresents, stars of David, etc. We only get to visit a few times a year but it is always a treat. I have also brought out of country visitors and they have always marveled at it. Even if you have no interest in the spirituality, take a visit for the sheer art aspects. It's just a little north of Chicago in Wilmette. An easy drive or El ride. It is well worth it because you'll never see anything like it unless you visit India.

Pros: a dream for students of art/architecture-a lovely place for prayer & meditation

Cons: none

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The temple itself is stunning to look at. I went on a guided tour and found it almost as spectacular to look at the interior. Obviously there is a peaceful and serene feeleing about the place. The gardens are also a good place for reflection or just to stroll thru and gaze at the beauty that surrounds you.

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The temple itself is stunning to look at. I went on a guided tour and found it almost as spectacular to look at the interior. Obviously there is a peaceful and serene feeleing about the place. The gardens are also a good place for reflection or just to stroll thru and gaze at the beauty that surrounds you.

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Although many people go to visit the Bahai Temple to see its architecture (and surrounding flower gardens), this is a great place to go to just get peaceful. If you are not a fan of organized religion, this is the sort of place you dream of, beautiful to be in and peaceful. You won't be disturbed so enjoy your time.

PROS: beautiful building worth visiting
CONS: picture taking is frowned upon

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Although many people go to visit the Bahai Temple to see its architecture (and surrounding flower gardens), this is a great place to go to just get peaceful. If you are not a fan of organized religion, this is the sort of place you dream of, beautiful to be in and peaceful. You won't be disturbed so enjoy your time.

PROS: beautiful building worth visiting
CONS: picture taking is frowned upon

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The Baha'i House of Worship is a great place to see in the Chicago Area. It's actually in Wilmette, which is a 30-minute subway ride on the purple line to Linden Ave.

The architecture is beautiful, and the House of Worship is open to people of all beliefs. I really recommend going inside -- the view of the dome from the inside is amazing. They sometimes have programs to watch, but usually individuals go inside to pray or think (it is a quiet area). They also have rooms downstairs with an explanation and history of the Baha'i Faith. I must add that there is no clergy in the religion, so you will not see any "mass" or any kind of preaching, which is really nice for non-Baha'is and makes the environment more welcoming.

Overall it's a great place for photographers of architecture or people interested in history or religion.

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The Baha'i House of Worship is a great place to see in the Chicago Area. It's actually in Wilmette, which is a 30-minute subway ride on the purple line to Linden Ave.

The architecture is beautiful, and the House of Worship is open to people of all beliefs. I really recommend going inside -- the view of the dome from the inside is amazing. They sometimes have programs to watch, but usually individuals go inside to pray or think (it is a quiet area). They also have rooms downstairs with an explanation and history of the Baha'i Faith. I must add that there is no clergy in the religion, so you will not see any "mass" or any kind of preaching, which is really nice for non-Baha'is and makes the environment more welcoming.

Overall it's a great place for photographers of architecture or people interested in history or religion.

Pros: Great Architecture, Welcoming Environment, Next to Lake Michigan

Cons: None

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if you visit Chicago or you live in the area, it is worth to visit this church. It is located at the end of Linden St. (close to Sheridan) in Wilmette, very close to the park/ beach. Regardless of your religious convictions, the visit to the temple is worth it. Ask to see the documentary movie (it's free) and ask the friendly staff any question you might have- they will give you the answers. And no, nobody will try to convert you :-)

PROS: beautiful temple, interesting concepts
CONS: you will need more than one visit to fully enjoy the temple.

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★★★★☆

if you visit Chicago or you live in the area, it is worth to visit this church. It is located at the end of Linden St. (close to Sheridan) in Wilmette, very close to the park/ beach. Regardless of your religious convictions, the visit to the temple is worth it. Ask to see the documentary movie (it's free) and ask the friendly staff any question you might have- they will give you the answers. And no, nobody will try to convert you :-)

PROS: beautiful temple, interesting concepts
CONS: you will need more than one visit to fully enjoy the temple.

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