Building Name – Bahá’í House of Worship-Panama
Location – Panama City, Panama
Architect – Peter Tillotson (English Architect)
Year of Start – 1967
Year of End – 29-30 April,1972
- All Bahá’í Houses of Worship, including the Temple of Panama, share certain architectural elements, some of which are specified by Bahá’í scripture. `Abdu’l-Bahá, the son of the founder of the religion, stipulated that an essential architectural character of a House of Worship is a nine sided circular shape. While all current Bahá’í Houses of Worship have a dome.Bahá’í scripture also states that no pictures, statues or images be displayed within the House of Worship and no pulpits or altars be incorporated as an architectural feature.
- The Temple of Panama is one of eight Bahá’í House of Worship facilities in the world and has welcomed over 2000 visitors per month and over the years it has become one of the capital’s most highly recommended tourist destinations.
- “Before the metro was built, nobody knew how to get here. They got lost and never managed to find the temple. Now, the temple become much more visible because one of the metro exits is right at the Baha’i Temple.
- When you get to the top of the hill, you come to a stone-paved road, with flowers and butterflies along it, which leads to an imposing white half-moon-shaped building, the work of English architect Peter Tillotson.
- A diaphanous edifice, without doors or windows, adorned exclusively with rows of wooden benches.
- To the south is the spectacular modern capital skyline, but to the north the view reflects the country’s pervasive inequality, with a huge shantytown stretching into the distance and the noise from the heavily populated zone spreading up toward the temple like a pervasive rustling.
- “The purpose of the house of worship is for people to have a spiritual place to pray and meditate, independent of the religion they profess. In fact, 90 percent of our visitors are not believers,” says the temple director.
- The temple is constructed of local stone laid in a pattern reminiscent of Native American fabric designs.
- The dome is covered with thousands of small oval tiles.
- The entrance gates of the temple are constructed in a unique three dimensional design each consisting of an equilateral triangle of 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 temple looks like a giant-sized egg.
- The interior of the temple is not only beautiful but it also has fresh breeze throughout the day.