This gorgeous monument to the world’s major religions can be found just a short 30 minute drive outside of Chicago in Wilmette. It is only one of seven Baha’i Temples in the world (including the original one in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which has since been destroyed). This one serves for all of North America (US, Canada, and Mexico).
Construction was started in 1921 and was finished in 1953. Some of the most prominent architectural features of the temple are the nine pillars which surround the building. The designs are an amalgamation of symbols of the major religions:
The Cross of Christianity
The Star of David
The Star and Crescent of Islam
The original Swastika (positioned in the correct angles used for thousands of years used as the symbol for Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism)
Even if you’re not Baha’i, it’s a good idea to try and make a trip here to see it. It’s a fine work of art and harmonizes the major religions in ways that I wish the world could actually accomplish.