Mansion of Marza'Ih

"...often referred to by the beloved Guardian as one of the “twin mansions” in which the Blessed Beauty resided after nine years within the walled prison-city of ‘Akká, and dear to the hearts of the believers by reason of its associations with their Lord"


Universal House of Justice 

"Despite the improved conditions, Bahá'u'lláh longed for the beauty of the countryside he had enjoyed in His youth. One day He remarked, "I have not gazed on verdure for nine years. The country is the world of the soul, the city is the world of bodies." When 'Abdu'l-Bahá learned of this, He determined to arrange a home for His Father in the countryside and soon rented the Mansion of Mazra'ih, a large home north of Akká. He had it repaired and refurbished and arranged for a carriage to take Bahá'u'lláh there. At first Bahá'u'lláh flatly refused to go, because He was still officially a prisoner. Abdu'l-Bahá then asked the muftí of Akká, who loved Bahá'u'lláh greatly and was very much favored by Him, to go to Bahá'u'lláh, hold His hands, and beg Him to leave the city. After an hour of the muftí's entreaties, Bahá'u'lláh finally consented."


Shoghi Effendi