Following many years of exile in the prison city of ‘Akká, Bahá’u’lláh spent the last twelve years of His life at the Mansion of Bahjí, a few kilometres outside of ‘Akká’s city walls. Here, in relative freedom and peace, He could devote Himself to writing, and His followers were able to meet with Him.
Bahá’u’lláh passed away on 29 May 1892. His mortal remains were buried in a house adjacent to the Mansion. For Bahá’ís, the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh is the holiest spot on earth and the point towards which they turn in prayer each day. A visit to the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh is the high point of the nine-day Bahá’í pilgrimage.