Bahá'í Temple in Wilmette, Illinois
The Bahá'í Faith is a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. The Bahá'í Faith was founded by Bahá'u'lláh in 19th-century Persia. Bahá'u'lláh was exiled for his teachings, from Persia to the Ottoman Empire, and died while officially being a prisoner. After Bahá'u'lláh's death, under the leadership of his son, `Abdu'l-Bahá, the religion spread from its Persian and Ottoman roots, and gained a footing in Europe and America, and was consolidated in Iran, where it suffers intense persecution.
There are seven Bahá'í Houses of Worship around the world, with an eighth now under construction near Santiago, Chile. The building has become a popular destination for tourists, and the Illinois Office of Tourism has named it one of the "Seven Wonders of Illinois".
[Linking to ABC Wednesday for letter 'B', Wordless Wednesday, Our World Tuesday.]