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Lotus Temple - the Bahá’í temple in New Delhi, India

July 25th, 2006 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places
 
 

The Bahá'í temple in New Delhi, India was completed in 1986. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. The architect is the Persian Fariborz Sahba from Canada.

Inspired by the lotus flower, its design is composed of 27 free-standing marble clad "petals" arranged in clusters of three to form nine sides.

Nine doors open onto a central hall, capable of holding up to 2,500 people. Slightly more than 40 meters tall, its surface luminous, the temple at times seems to float above its 26 acre (105,000 m²) site on the outskirts of the Indian capital.

Since its inauguration to public worship in December 1986, the Bahá'í House of Worship in New Delhi has, as of late 2002, attracted more than 50 million visitors, making it the most visited edifice in the world. Its numbers of visitors during those years surpassed those of the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal. On Hindu holy days, it has drawn as many as 150,000 people.

This temple is generally referred to as the "Lotus Temple" by Bahá'ís and non-Bahá'ís alike.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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