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Houses of Worship: Intricate Exterior Design of DRC Temple Comes Into View

Baha'i World News Service | Aug 20, 2022

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Baha'i World News Service | Aug 20, 2022

Work on the decorative tile cladding of the dome of the Baha’i House of Worship in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has notably advanced in recent weeks, alongside progress of other elements of the central edifice and surrounding grounds.

The tiles of the dome are being laid out in intricate tessellations that represent the Congo River, whose tributaries gather rain from every part of the country into one great stream. This pattern, created in a style reminiscent of traditional artwork, provides a powerful image of the coming together of all people and reflects the Baha’i principle of the oneness of humanity.

“The House of Worship is open to people of all backgrounds and stands for the inseparable principles of worship and selfless service to humanity,” says Rachel Kakudji of the Baha’i Office of External Affairs.

Ms. Kakudji explains that the temple is inspiring nearby residents and many others throughout the DRC to reflect deeply about how they can serve their fellow citizens.

“This is why we have launched a new video series online about the House of Worship as a force for social betterment,” she explains.

“The video blog shows progress of the emerging temple and invites viewers to reflect about how we can all work toward the betterment of our society,” she says.

Progress on the construction work is provided in the gallery of images on news.bahai.org.

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