Chicago, day 5, the Bahá'í House of Worship

Not far from the university campus sits the Bahá'í House of Worship. At night this large domed marble edifice glowed like a skinned onion against the sky.
The Bahá'í  faith is an independent world religion that believes in a unified deity encompassing all other faiths. It has 5 million followers and was founded in Persia in the mid 19th century. There are 8 temples around the world and this one is it's North American base. If you are interested this is their website
The temple itself was built in 1953 and designed by Louis Bourgeois who spent 8 years on the design. It has a steel superstructure with concrete panels incorporating quartz crystal and white cement to create the lacy filigree which forms the exterior.
The internal space is a single entity and is very awe inspiring. You are not supposed to take pictures inside, which I respected. The gardens are very beautiful too but not at their best on a February night.


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