Selected Writings
on Pilgrimage
What is
Pilgrimage?
Visiting the
Twin Holy Shrines
Visiting Bahá’í Holy
Places in ’Akká
Visiting
Mount Carmel
Before
You Apply
Applying for
Pilgrimage
After
You Apply
Pilgrimage
Leaflets
Other Visits to
the Holy Land
Mansion of Mazra‘ih.   Larger photo >
Room in the mansion where Bahá’u’lláh received guests.   Larger photo >
Staircase leading to the upper level of the mansion.   Larger photo >
“Bahá’u’lláh loved the beauty and verdure of the country. One day He passed the remark: ‘I have not gazed on verdure for nine years. The country is the world of the soul, the city is the world of bodies.’ When I heard indirectly of this saying I realized that He was longing for the country, and I was sure that whatever I could do towards the carrying out of His wish would be successful. There was in ‘Akká at that time a man called Muhammad Páshá Safwat, who was very much opposed to us. He had a palace called Mazra‘ih, about four miles north of the city, a lovely place, surrounded by gardens and with a stream of running water. . . . I got the house at a very low rent, about five pounds per annum, paid him for five years and made a contract. I sent labourers to repair the place and put the garden in order and had a bath built. I also had a carriage prepared for the use of the Blessed Beauty. . . .”
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, quoted by J. E. Esslemont in Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1998), p. 35.