The Bahá’í temples are symbolic buildings where visitors can simply pray and meditate in a serene environment and, at times, listen to sacred writings from the religions of the world being recited or chanted. A unifying concept for each temple is that, in due course, it will be a spiritual centre around which organizations and institutions for social, humanitarian and educational services will be established for the neighbouring population.
Offering an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity to visitors, each temple has its own distinctive design. Nevertheless, each has nine entrances and a central dome representing the convergence of peoples from all directions gathering at one common site. The Houses of Worship are silent places in which prayer, meditation and contemplation can occur without rituals, clergy or sermons. For this reason, they welcome people of all creeds, who will find their own holy books at their disposal. No entrance fee is charged and the Bahá’í community is solely responsible for the construction and maintenance of the temples.