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Salt Lake Temple
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Temple Square featuring a city

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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4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $99 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
3 out of 5
122 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $70 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
Located in Downtown Salt Lake City, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Family History Library, Salt Palace, and City Creek Center. Salt Lake Temple and ...
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Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
3 out of 5
230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $96 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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Little America Hotel
Little America Hotel
4 out of 5
500 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $99 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square
3 out of 5
122 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $70 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21
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Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
Crystal Inn Hotel & Suites Salt Lake City - Downtown
3 out of 5
230 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $96 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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5 out of 5
555 S Main St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $229 per night from May 8 to May 9
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Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Downtown/The Gateway
3 out of 5
55 N 400 West St, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $122 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
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Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown
4 out of 5
215 W South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $110 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
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Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek
4 out of 5
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The price is $120 per night from Apr 30 to May 1
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4 out of 5
150 W 500 S, Salt Lake City, UT
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4 out of 5
15 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
The price is $151 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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