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Salt Lake Temple

This neo-Gothic centerpiece of Temple Square is an imposing sight that is closed to the general public, but highly revered by followers of the Mormon Church.

Salt Lake Temple is famous for its epic construction that took 39 years to complete. The granite building is one of the earlier temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). It’s the centerpiece of Temple Square in the heart of Salt Lake City. Only Mormons can enter the building, but sightseers can admire the sculptures adorning its exterior. Go to the South Visitors’ Center next door to learn about the building’s history.

Mormons from all over the world have come to this esteemed building to worship for over 120 years. The first Mormon pioneers arrived in the Salt Lake City area in 1847, when it was still part of Mexico. Establishing an illustrious temple was important to the pioneers’ faith. Pack animals carried huge granite blocks down the canyon to the construction site. There were several setbacks during the building process, including the Utah War in 1858. The temple was finally completed in 1892 and dedicated the following year.

The result of all those years of painstaking work is evident in the temple’s features. The spires are more than 200 feet (60 meters) tall and the building covers more than 200,000 square feet (nearly 19,000 square meters). The exterior reflects the style of a neo-Gothic castle, with ornate symbolic carvings and elaborate sculptures. Read the gold-lettered inscriptions on the building; look for carvings of the “all-seeing eye” and “secret handshake.” These symbols were borrowed from the Freemasons and have been given a Mormon interpretation. Those of Mormon faith can enter the temple to see the Celestial Room and partake in endowment rituals.

The Tabernacle building at the temple’s base was completed in 1875. This building has almost perfect acoustics and houses a large timber pipe organ. Tour the Tabernacle with a guide, or attend a choir rehearsal on Thursday evenings.

The South Visitors’ Center, open daily, has photographs of the Salt Lake Temple’s interior and information about its construction.

The Salt Lake Temple is in the center of the city and easily reached by public transport. Parking is limited.


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Lodging Near Salt Lake Temple

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City $42
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City

15 West 200 South, Salt Lake City
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 1,358 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    This newly renovated chic downtown Salt Lake City hotel is in a historic building, across from the 1913 Capitol Theatre, and a half-block from Salt Palace Convention Center. The Mormon Temple and Energy Solutions Arena are nearby.

    Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown $71
    Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown

    Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown

    230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City
       
      4.4
      of 5, from 3,354 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Clark Planetarium, and Tabernacle. The Gateway and Salt Lake Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway $109
      Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway

      Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway

      55 N 400 West St, Salt Lake City
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,789 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        The hotel is right beside Gateway Mall, which is packed with dining and shopping options. EnergySolutions Arena is just around the corner, and it's a 3-minute cab ride to see Latter Day Saints landmarks at Temple Square. North Temple Bridge/Guadalupe Light Railway Station is a 3-minute walk.

        Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square $90
        Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square

        Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square

        122 W South Temple, Salt Lake City
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 1,939 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, this hotel is within walking distance of the Family History Library and Temple Square.

          Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown $84
          Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

          Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown

          215 W South Temple, Salt Lake City
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 1,653 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This downtown Salt Lake City hotel is adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center, across from the Energy Solutions Arena, and within 2 blocks of Temple Square, The Gateway open-air shopping center and City Creek Center.

            Little America Hotel $109
            Little America Hotel

            Little America Hotel

            500 S Main St, Salt Lake City
               
              4.4
              of 5, from 6,831 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Convenient to shopping and cultural attractions, this centrally located Salt Lake City hotel is 1 mile from Temple Square, 3 miles from the University of Utah, and 7.5 miles from the Salt Lake City airport.

              Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtown $129
              Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtown

              Hyatt House Salt Lake City Downtown

              140 South 300 West, Salt Lake City
                 
                4.5
                of 5, from 568 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Pioneer Park, Clark Planetarium, and The Gateway. Tabernacle and Salt Lake Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

                Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek $149
                Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

                Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek

                75 S West Temple, Salt Lake City
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 663 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Across from the Salt Palace Convention Center, the Salt Lake Marriott offers a premiere downtown city location within 2 blocks of Temple Square, Abravanel Concert Hall, and EnergySolutions Arena.