The Story of the Shrine of the Báb
Volume III: 1963–2001
Continuing the thrilling story of the Shrine of the Báb.
Sacred Stairway is the final volume in a trilogy which tells the dramatic and inspiring story
of the Shrine of the Báb in Haifa, Israel, from 1850 to 2001. The first two volumes, Journey to a Mountain and Coronation on Carmel, won a warm
Now the story moves on to describe the successful construction in the 1990s of a
stairway with 19 garden terraces stretching one kilometre up the steep northern slopes of
The story of the project of the Universal House of Justice to build the “Pathway of
the Kings and Rulers of the world” is one of devotion, sacrifi ce and supreme expertise in
architecture, engineering and horticulture.
About the Author
Michael V. Day is a journalist who was editor of the Bahá'í World News Service at the Bahá'í World Centre in Haifa, Israel from 2003 to 2006. He lived and worked within a few hundred metres of the Shrine of the Báb. Born and raised in New Zealand, he was briefly a lawyer before becoming a newspaper reporter, leader writer and editor. He first visited the Shrine of the Báb while on pilgrimage in 1980. After moving to Australia in 1988 with his wife, Chris, and sons Thomas and George, he was a journalist with Murdoch University in Perth. He joined the staff of The West Australian newspaper where he was an education and feature writer. He was then appointed the newspaper's Asia Desk Chief, specializing in covering Indonesia. Michael is the author of a trilogy that tells the story of the Shrine of the Bab. Journey to a Mountain, published in 2017, which covers the period 1850-1921. Coronation on Carmel (1922 to 1963), appeared in 2018, and the final volume Sacred Stairway (1963-2001) in 2019.
Michael is currently a foreign affairs advisor. In his spare time he continues to write Baha'i history.
Michael and Chris live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
240 text pages plus 40 pages of illustrations
234 x 156 mm (9.75 x 6.25 ins)
Available now from the UK
Available from the US in September 2019