Heifa (Haifa District) Israel
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Where the steep northern rock face of Mount Carmel plunges to the plain at the very tip of the promontory, and almost directly below the mouth of the lower Cave of Elijah, known as the School of the Prophets, lies the rectangular six-acre plot of the Baha'i Cemetery in Haifa. Allenby Road cuts along the base of the mountain at the southern edge, its construction and that of the apartments houses opposite the cemetery having shorn away cave tombs associated with the ancient village of Haifa.
Purchased at the behest of 'Abdu'l-Baha, the cemetery's earliest recorded burial, in August 1911, was that of the first cousin of the Bab, Haji Mirza Muhammad-Taqi Afnan, the Government Deputy. The early graves are clustered principally at the western edge of the enclosure; among their occupants are a number of distinguished believers mentioned in Memorials of the Faithful...
In more recent decades the cemetery has been systematically beautified with hedges, palm-trees and floral plantings, even as further interments have occurred of loyal adherents dying the Haifa-Akka area. The tombs of the Hands of the Cause of God John E Esslemont, Horace Holley, Amelia E Collins, Leroy C Ioas, Tarazu'llah Samandari and Abu'l-Qasim Faizi, and also of Lutfu'llah Hakim and Amoz Gibson, members of the Universal House of Justice, are to be found here. Many zealous servants of the Faith are buried at the eastern edge of the cemetery; the contributions of some are summarized in the 'In Memoriam' sections fo The Baha'i World volumes.
~Door of Hope by David S Ruhe