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Haifa by Lior-Art Haifa by Lior-Art

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The Shrine of the Báb is a structure in Haifa, Israel where the remains of the Báb, founder of Bábism and forerunner of Bahá'u'lláh in the Bahá'í Faith, have been buried; it is considered to be the second holiest place on Earth for Bahá'ís, after the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Acre. Its precise location on Mount Carmel was designated by Bahá'u'lláh himself to his eldest son, `Abdu'l-Bahá, in 1891. `Abdu'l-Bahá planned the structure, which was designed and completed several years later by his grandson, Shoghi Effendi.

Crowning the design, as anticipated by `Abdu'l-Bahá, is a dome, which is set on an 18-windowed drum. That, in turn, is mounted on an octagon, a feature suggested by Shoghi Effendi. An arcade surrounds the stone edifice.

A restoration project of the exterior and interior of the shrine started in 2008 and was completed in April 2011. [link]

Haifa (Hebrew: חֵיפָה‎‎, Hebrew pronunciation: [χeiˈfä], Ḥefa; Arabic: حيفا‎ Ḥayfā[2]) is the largest city in northern Israel, and the third-largest city in the country, with a population of over 268,000. Another 300,000 people live in towns directly adjacent to the city including the cities of the Krayot, as well as, Tirat Carmel, Daliyat al-Karmel and Nesher. Together these areas form a contiguous urban area home to nearly 600,000 residents which makes up the inner core of the Haifa metropolitan area.[1][3] Haifa is a mixed city: 90% are Jews, more than a quarter of whom are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, while 10% are Arabs, predominantly of the Christian religion.[4] It is also home to the Bahá'í World Centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.[5][6]

Built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, the history of settlement at the site spans more than 3,000 years. The earliest known settlement in the vicinity was Tell Abu Hawam, a small port city established in the Late Bronze Age (14th century BCE).[7] In the 3rd century CE, Haifa was known as a dye-making center. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands: It has been conquered and ruled by the Phoenicians, Persians, Hasmoneans, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, British, and the Israelis. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the city has been governed by the Haifa Municipality.

Today, the city is a major seaport located on Israel's Mediterranean coastline in the Bay of Haifa covering 63.7 square kilometres (24.6 sq mi). It is located about 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Tel Aviv and is the major regional center of northern Israel. Two respected academic institutions, the University of Haifa and the Technion, are located in Haifa, and the city plays an important role in Israel's economy. It has several high-tech parks, among them the oldest and largest in the country.[8] Haifa Bay is a center of heavy industry, petroleum refining and chemical processing. Haifa was formerly the western terminus of an oil pipeline from Iraq via Jordan.[9][link]

Original image : [link] Zvi Roger, remastered with photoshop CS5

T4V :)

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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Andrei-Azanfirei Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Extraordinary shot! :heart:
hadas64 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
יופי של עבודה על התמונה המקורית

maska13 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
יפה מאוד!
moriagam66 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
אני מת על חיפה. אני גר בחיפה.
Lior-Art Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:icongjmanns: "This is outstanding. I've never seen something quite like it before, nor do I believe I will see anything like it. Your angle is perfect, every line directs the eyes. You have given us gorgeous color, this is fast tracked for featured. You take great care, hope to see more!"
Strassburg Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful and colorful image. Wonderful place. Maybe one day I can visit this beautiful place. :rose:
orchid22 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
I have been here and I remember how powerful it was. Beautiful country! Beautiful people ! :rose:
Lior-Art Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish you'll come back again :heart:
orchid22 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012
Me too! Maybe someday..:)
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