This flying saucer lookalike sits atop a hill overlooking Panama City. One of only seven Baha’i Hindu Temples worldwide, Panama was chosen as a site due to its strategic position at the Centre of the Americas and because of the canal with its trade routes linking countries across the globe. If you stand just outside the temple you can see across Panama City, from the skyscrapers overlooking the Pacific Ocean to the tropical rainforest.
The Baha’is believe in protecting nature, equality between men and women and lots of other commendable things. The Panamanian temple was designed by a British architect. It is such a beautiful, organic looking building – I believe it should be world famous.
The temple is a place of calm contemplation and meditation, so we begged our young children to be respectful. All went well until we were getting ready to leave and one of them shattered the silence by beeping the car horn – oops!
I couldn’t resist taking this – the spider really makes the temple look like an alien face, don’t you think?
Note: Post updated 4 September 2012 to remove reference to Baha’ism as being a type of Hinduism. It isn’t, apparently. Thanks to Nicholas and Roseann.