Other Bahai Houses of Worship


The Indian Baha'i Temple

The Baha'i temple in Delhi, India was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles inspired by the lotus flower, its design is composed of 27 freestanding marble clad 'petals' arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides. Nine doors open on to a central hall, capable of holding up to 2,500 people. Slightly more than 40 meters tall, its surface shining white marble, the temple at times seems to float above its 26-acre (105,000 m2: 10.5 ha) nine surrounding ponds.

The Samoan Baha'i Temple

The Baha'i House of Worship in Tiapapata, 8 km from Apia, Samoa, was completed in 1984 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Pacific Islands. was dedicated by Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of Samoa (1913-2007), who was the first reigning Baha'i monarch. The structure is completely open to the island breezes.

The German Baha'i Temple

The Mother Temple of Europe is located at the foot of the Taunus Mountains of Germany It was completed in 1964 and is made of steel, aluminum, and glass. 540 diamond-shaped windows give the dome an optical lightness and permit the sunlight to play in it .

The Panama Baha'i Temple

The Baha'i temple in Panama City, Panama, completed 1972.and is constructed of local stone laid in a pattern reminiscent of Native American fabric designs. The dome is covered with thousands of small oval tiles, and the entrance gates of the temple are constructed in a unique three dimensional design each consisting of an equilateral triangle of three vertical posts with multiple rows of bars stretching between them at various angles, each row of which gradually changes from vertical to horizontal.

The Australian Baha'i Temple

Temple in Sydney Australia was dedicated on September 17, 1961 and opened to the public after four years of construction. Construction materials include local hardwoods and concrete surmounted by a dome, with seating for six hundred people. The building stands 38 metres in height, has a diameter at its widest point of 20 metres, and is a highly visible landmark from Sydney's northern beaches.

The American Baha'i Temple

Temple in Wilmette. Construction began in 1921 and was completed in 1953, with a delay of several years during the Great Depression and World War II. The Wilmette House of Worship is the largest and the oldest surviving Baha'i House of Worship The cladding is made of white Portland cement concrete with both clear and white quartz aggregate. It has received numerous design awards, and is a prominent Chicago-area landmark.

The Chile Baha'i Temple

In late 2002, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Chile and the Universal House of Justice announced a completion for the design of the mother temple of South America, its sides composed of translucent panels of ala baster and cast glass. The interior structure a lattice structure of steel supporting the inside of the upper dome.