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ByThelma Batcheloron June 6, 2017
I have just finished reading this wonderful book, which tells of the dramatic story of the establishment of the Shrine of the Báb (1850-1921) told here in detail for the first time.
Many adherents of the Bahá'í faith and those who have had the privilege of visiting Mount Carmel in Haifa, Northern Israel, will be familiar with the picturesque gardens - sometimes referred to as 'The Hanging Gardens of Babylon' - and the sheer beauty of the Shrine and the adjoining 19 terraces. The view from both land, sea and air is stunning and magnificent and something never to be forgotten.
This is the history of how it all came about and in places it reads like a thriller! It was easy to read, with short chapters, and when the book came to an end, I was sad as the story tore at my heart-strings!
As has been described in the text "Embosomed in these lovely and verdant surroundings stands in all its exquisite beauty the mausoleum of the Báb, the shell designed to preserve and adorn the original structure raised by 'Abdu'l-Bahá as the tomb of the Martyr-Herald of the Bahá'í Faith. Within this shell is enshrined that Pearl of Great Price, the holy of holies, those chambers which constitute the tomb itself, and which were constructed by 'Abdu'l-Bahá. Within the heart of this holy of holies is the tabernacle, the vault wherein reposes the most holy casket. Within this vault rests the alabaster sarcophagus in which is deposited that inestimable jewel, the Báb's holy dust.