I am delighted to hear of the recent decision by UNESCO that the resting places of Bahá’u’lláh and the Báb should be considered as part of the cultural heritage of humanity. It is a tribute to the influence of these Divine Messengers that the two places of Bahá’í pilgrimage are to be added to a list which includes the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Egypt. They are the first holy places of a religious tradition revealed in modern times to be given such a status. I find this very poignant given the injustice meted out to these two noble souls in their lifetime. The Báb was martyred in 1850 in the city of Tabriz and Bahá’u’lláh spent much of His adult life unjustly imprisoned by the Ottomans in the prison-city of Akka in Palestine. From such suffering has emerged the ‘Divine Springtime’ of a new revelation.
UNESCO And The Bahá’í Holy Places