"Is not the object of every Revelation to effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself, both outwardly and inwardly, that shall affect both its inner life and external conditions?"
Baha'i House of Worship in Apia, Samoa (Completed 1984)
The foundation stone of the Baha'i House of Worship in Apia, Western Samoa was laid in 1979 by His Highness Malietoa Tanumafili II, King of Western Samoa, the first head of state to become a Baha'i.
Construction of the House of Worship was completed in 1984. Rising amid a lush tropical landscape, the structure resembles "fales"--round homes with wooden beams supporting a curved, thatched roof--found throughout the island.
The House of Worship's interior is ornamented by wooden carvings and tappa designs similar to those that embellish the bark cloth of the Pacific region.