Still trying to catch up with my travelogue after such a busy month. Already I find my detailed memory starting to fade after two months since our trip.
Day 2 we started early at 7:15am and took the organised bus to the Most holy Place for the Baha’is – the resting place of Baha’u’llah – at the mansion and farm (now extensive gardens) called Bahji. I have no photos from that day as we spent it in total contemplation and prayer. Later in the week we returned and I took more photos then.
Day 3 of our pilgrimage was an early start 7:15am on the bus in Haifa and around the bay to Akka. The pilgrimage approximates the chronology of historical events for the founder of the Faith, Baha’u’llah, and His son and successor, Abdu’l-Baha. So this first trip to Akka finds us at the army barracks which were used as a prison. It is a fortified barracks with a large dry moat around it. It is important to note that the fortress city of Akka repelled even Napoleon’s army. Its walls were breached by the Egyptian governor in the early 19th century. Yet at the time of Baha’u’llah it was a poorly upkept town with a stench that harboured nasty diseases. Although the family became sick on arrival, only 2 died from disease. Other prisioners here had not been so lucky (if you can call it that.) Later Baha’u’llah was instrumental in cleaning up the town. Two years later, and still in that prison, Baha’u’llah’s youngest son who He had named ‘The Purest Branch” fell through a skylight on the roof while pacing and praying. He fell on a crate that pierced his chest, and died.
We then went to the House of Abbud (named for the owner at the time). Baha’u’llah and his family rented part of this house after being released from the barracks. He wrote His “Most Holy Book”, the book of laws of the Baha’i Faith, here.
His son, Abdu’l-Baha, also married here, to a young woman who had come from Persia.
Baha’u’llah lived here for seven years, while Abdu’l-Baha lived here until after Baha’u’llah’s death in 1992.