Aside from the Baha’i House of Worship for the North American Continent in Wilmette, IL, there are six other continental Houses of Worship around the world, with a seventh now under construction near Santiago, Chile. They are shown below in reverse chronological order based on the year they were opened for worship.
Santiago, Chile (under construction)
Please visit the Chile Baha’i House of Worship website for the most up-to-date information.
New Delhi, India (Completed 1986)
Better known as the “Lotus Temple,” this Mother Temple of the Indian sub-continent has seen millions of people cross its threshold, making it one of the most visited edifices in India. From its high-perched pedestal, this ‘Lotus’ casts its benevolent glance over vast green lawns and avenues covering an expanse of 26 acres of land.
Its soothingly quiet Prayer Hall and tranquil surroundings have touched the hearts of the Temple’s numerous visitors, awakening in them a desire to trace its inspirational source and capture a bit of its peace for themselves.
For more information please visit the India Baha’i House of Worship website.
Apia, Samoa (Completed 1984)
The foundation stone of the Baha’i House of Worship in Western Samoa was laid in 1979 by His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of Western Samoa, the first head of state to become a Baha’i.
Construction of the House of Worship was completed in 1984. Rising amid a lush tropical landscape, the structure resembles “fales”–round homes with wooden beams supporting a curved, thatched roof–found throughout the island.
The House of Worship’s interior is ornamented by wooden carvings and tappa designs similar to those that embellish the bark cloth of the Pacific region.
Panama City, Panama (Completed 1972)
The foundation stone of the Temple was laid in October 1967, and it was dedicated on April 29, 1972. For more information, please visit the website of the Baha’is of Panama.
Frankfurt, Germany (Completed 1964)
The European House of Worship is located at the foot of the Taunus mountains in the village of Langenhain (part of the town of Hofheim) approximately 25km west of Frankfurt.
Kampala, Uganda (Completed 1962)
Construction of the Uganda House of Worship, located on Kikaya Hill on the outskirts of Kampala, began in 1958 and was completed in 1962.
The interior woodwork and colored glass windows create a vibrant hall of ambers, blues, greens and whites. When the nine large entrance doors are opened, the interior appears to merge with the sun-drenched fields and blue and white skies-a reminder of the oneness of God’s creation.
Sydney, Australia (Completed 1961)
The Baha’i House of Worship, sometimes known as the Baha’i Temple, is open to everyone. It is a place of prayer and meditation for all: a gift from the Baha’is that demonstrates their faith in the oneness of God, the oneness of His Prophets and the oneness of humanity.
The House of Worship is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, every day of the year. For further information, please visit the Sydney Baha’i House of Worship website
Wilmette, Illinois (Completed 1953)
Groundbreaking for the House of Worship, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, occurred on May 1, 1912, in a ceremony blessed with the presence and participation of Abdu’l-Baha, son of the Founder of the Baha’i Faith. Construction began in earnest in 1920, and the temple was formally dedicated on May 1, 1953.
View a visual history of the House of Worship, created in 2003 for the 50th anniversary of the temple’s dedication. Visit the Baha’i International Community website to view photos of the House of Worship.
Ashkabad, Turkestan (Completed 1908, Demolished in 1962)
Completed around 1908, the Ashkhabad House of Worship served the Bahá’í community of that region until 1938, when the site was appropriated by the Soviet Government. The building was demolished in 1962 after being damaged by an earthquake.
The Ashkhabad House of Worship was in many ways ahead of its time. In addition to serving as a spiritual center for the thriving Bahá’í community in that region, it gave practical expression to the community’s humanitarian ideas. Attached to it were a number of subsidiaries, including a hospital, a school, and a hostel for travelers.