On October 12, 2011 my wife and “The Twisters” went up to the Bahá’i Temple to shoot some pictures. That Sunday morning, the clouds were slung over Panama City like steel hammocks. I knew it was going to rain, but my desire to go to the Baha’i Temple was greater than the risk of getting wet or shooting sullen pictures. At approximately 9:30 a.m. the skies opened up and the area surrounding the temple became dark, foggy and saturated with water. There was no way, I could get any decent snapshots of the stunning Baha’i building. Instead, I shot a brief video of the site and waited until the rainy season was over.
Last Monday, January 2, 2012 we returned to the site under a beautiful blue dome and a bright sunny day. I knew the pictures would be great. We were there for about two hours enjoying the view and the fresh air of the morning.
The Baha’i House or Worship Bahá’i Temple is a sacred place for meditation and worship. It was designed by London architect Peter Tillotson. His design was favored amongst 43 other blueprints that were submitted by architects from around the world.
Construction began on December 1, 1969 and lasted two and a half years at a cost of approximately one million dollars. On April 29, 1972 the temple was opened to the public.
The Baha’i Temple is an unusual geometric structure with a nine-pointed star which symbolizes the unity of God, the fundamental unity of religions and of humanity. The dome is covered with thousands of small oval tiles, and the entrance gates of the temple are constructed in a unique three-dimensional design each consisting of an equilateral triangle three vertical posts with multiple rows of bars stretching between them at various angles, each row of which gradually changes from vertical to horizontal.
The house of worship has capacity for 550 people. The diameter of the base is 200 feet and a height of 92 feet. The building is perched on the Cerro Sonsonate (the singing hill) at an elevation of 730 feet and is located 7 miles north of Panama City on the Transisthmian Highway in an area known as Ojo de Agua. The view from the hill is absolutely awesome as you will see in upcoming pictures.
Below are three black and white snapshots of this beautiful site. More pictures are scheduled in the immediate future. Here we go.
Snapshot of the Bahá'i Temple on top of Cerro Sonsonate, "la montaña del dulce canto" (The Mountain of Beautiful Singing) in Panama City, Panama. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Another view of the aesthetic building with smooth undulating lines. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
Snapshot of my wife Aura, walking around the lush tropical gardens of the Bahá'i Temple in Panama, City, Panama. Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.
You are most welcomed to return tomorrow for more pictures of this magnificent site of worship and tranquility on top of a singing hill. Good Day.
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